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Dad’s attempt to overturn coroner verdict dismissed

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A High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review brought by Paul Worthington over the death of his 13-month-old daughter Poppi.

Lawyers acting for the former supermarket worker had argued that coroner David Roberts had “overstepped the mark” at the inquest when he recorded the reasons for Poppi’s death.

The verdict stated that the toddler was sexually abused in her father’s double bed at the family home in Barrow-in-Furness on 12 December, 2012, before she suffocated as she slept next to him in an “unsafe sleeping environment”.

Mr Worthington, 50, had gone to the High Court in Manchester to remove details of Poppi’s sexual abuse and to change the official record of her death.

But Mrs Justice Farbey ruled the coroner’s approach “cannot be faulted” and in a 17-page legal judgement ordered Mr Worthington – who is on legal aid – to pay court costs for bringing the review.

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