*McDonnell v United Kingdom (App. No. 19563/11)

Human rights – Right to life. In March 1996, the applicant's son died while remanded in custody in Northern Ireland. She complained of substantive and procedural violations of arts 2 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights held that the delays in conducting the coroner's inquest and investigation could not be regarded as compatible with the United Kingdom's obligations, under art 2 of the Convention, to ensure the effectiveness of investigations into suspicious deaths. The applicant had undoubtedly suffered distress on account of the lengthy delay in the case and would be awarded €10,000 for non-pecuniary damage.

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