A coroner has adjourned an inquest after telling police they need to explain why they treated the death of an 11-year-old as not suspicious – despite inconsistencies in witnesses’ evidence.
Subhaan Ali, who couldn’t swim, drowned in a canal in July after getting into difficult while playing close to the water with a group of boys.
Drowning inquest halted over claim boy was pushed
An inquest into the drowning of an 11-year-old boy in a canal was halted yesterday after his mother claimed he had been pushed into the water by bullies.
Zaura Ali, the mother of Subhaan Ali, told Doncaster coroner’s court that he could hardly swim, was scared of water and would never have willingly climbed into the waterway near their home in Rotherham in July last year.
Nicola Mundy, the Rotherham coroner, put proceedings on hold, saying that she wanted to know why South Yorkshire police had decided early on that there were no suspicious circumstances in the case. The court heard statements from two children who were with Subhaan when he died. Both said he had jumped in of his own accord but there were “sufficient inconsistencies” in the two versions to require further investigation, Ms Mundy said.
Barry Reddish, a witness, told the court he had twice seen Subhaan in the water; the first time paddling close to the bank, and the second a little farther out. Two boys had been trying to show him how to swim, he said. Subhaan had cried out “I can’t swim” but none of the children had gone to his aid, he added.
Detective Constable Victoria Kenny said there had been only rumours that there had been “any kind of foul play or anything like that”.
‘Inconsistencies in evidence’ at inquest into boy who drowned
A coroner has adjourned an inquest into death of a bullied 11-year-old boy who drowned in a South Yorkshire canal due to ‘sufficient inconsistencies in evidence’. The mother of Subhaan Ali who died in South Yorkshire Navigation Canal believes he could have been pushed to his death, the inquest heard.