100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Tragic two-year-old died after family holiday in Turkey - three years on, her heartbroken family is still searching for answers
"The past three years have been the worst of my life. I still struggle to accept that Allie has gone,…
Family hope to finally get answers three years after toddler died following family holiday
The toddler's death is to be investigated at an inquest next week
Veronica Nelson faced 'disgusting behaviour' from officers in her dying days, prison supervisor says
Dame Phyllis Frost Centre supervisor Leanne Reid tells an inquest into Veronica Nelson's death some of the officers who responded…
Heartbroken family still hunting for answers three years after death of toddler
"The past three years have been the worst of my life" says mother
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
'Debilitated by anxiety': Tragedy of woman who 'saw herself differently' - and took her own life believing chronic condition made her look 'disfigured'
Christine Foster's body was pulled from the water in Orrell Water Park, Wigan, on November 19 last year
Tragedy as 'very special' biker died in fatal M60 collision after traffic stopped to let ambulance past
'He was a very popular man in Salford, and he was known by many and everybody loved him'
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
Labor pledges to get creative industries ‘back on track quickly’ as it announces arts policy
Anthony Albanese wants to boost Australian content on streaming services in detailed policy that is light on funding commitments
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
We Need To Talk About Australia’s Role In Radicalising The Buffalo Shooter Into White Supremacy
The Buffalo shooter was inspired by Christchurch and Australian white supremacy to carry out his racist attack on Black Americans.
Ex-Raider threw nightclub punch in self-defence after 'gay experience' remark
The 24-year-old was on Monday acquitted of the assault charge that ended his Raiders career.
Australian election briefing: Morrison’s housing sales pitch knocked off course as Albanese dodges a digger — plus ‘polite incentives’
Monday: the best of Guardian Australia’s 2022 federal election coverage
Meth overdose possibly killed auctioneer found bound in bushland: lawyer
Peter Keeley was found dead after chatting with a 17-year-old on Grindr.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Knight coach gives nod to winger's move
"To go back and be reacquainted with his sisters and get to finish his career back there. It is hard…
Labor accuses Coalition of ‘playing politics’ with national security after reports of Aukus snub
Opposition claims government is whipping up fear for election votes as WA premier Mark McGowan slams Peter Dutton’s ‘inflammatory’ rhetoric

'Dangerous' paedophile died two years after being locked up for plying girls with booze and abusing them

By Stephen Topping

A convicted paedophile whose abuse 'cast shade' over his victims' childhoods died two years after being sentenced, a coroner heard. Gerald Coppel was handed a 14-year prison term after plying three girls with alcohol before exposing himself and abusing them.

An inquest into his death has now been opened at Bolton Coroners' Court. Coppel died on February 4 at Salford Royal Hospital, aged 73.

At a pre-inquest review held on Tuesday (May 10), the court heard Coppel had been in custody at Salford's Forest Bank Prison since 2019. Coroner Peter Sigee said that from the evidence submitted to the inquest so far, he understood that Coppel 'came into prison with significant health concerns', which endured throughout the rest of his life.

READ MORE: Violent thugs held gun to dad's head before taking dog's eye out in terrifying burglary... now they've been jailed

Mr Sigee, area coroner for Manchester West, added: "I understand Mr Coppel was never in the main area of the prison. He was always in the healthcare unit at the prison."

The court heard Coppel was transferred to Salford Royal Hospital during the 'final stages of his illness'. Laura Hackney, representing Sodexo Ltd, which operations and healthcare at Forest Bank Prison, told the court Coppel 'had been refusing treatment for his condition' prior to his death.

Salford Royal Hospital (MEN Media)

No further details about Coppel's health condition were given at the pre-inquest review. Mr Sigee has requested Coppel's medical records from when his custody began at Forest Bank Prison, and further information is expected at the final hearing.

A jury is not currently expected to hear the case. Mr Sigee told the court that from the evidence he had seen so far, Coppel had 'died as a result of natural disease processes whilst in state detention'.

He added: "If there were care concerns to suggest Mr Coppel's death was contributed to by neglect, that would make it a potential unnatural death. But at this stage nothing has suggested this is an unnatural death."

On March 20, 2020, Coppel was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to 19 counts of indecent assault. Of those counts, 13 referred to a child aged under 13 and six to a child under 16.

The offences relate to three girls who were abused over a number of years in the south Manchester area. Coppel also signed the Sex Offenders Register and was subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.

Following his sentencing, Det Con Beth Coffey, of GMP’s City of Manchester district, said: “I want to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and helping us to bring this man to justice for his horrendous crimes. They have been incredibly brave throughout the investigation and court proceedings and are ultimately the reason this dangerous man is now behind bars.

“The abuse that Coppel inflicted on his victims has not only cast shade over their childhood, but will affect all of them for the rest of their lives." Coppel's final inquest hearing is expected to take place in November at Bolton Coroners' Court.

Get more news, sport and what's on straight to your emails by subscribing to our free newsletters here

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Tragic two-year-old died after family holiday in Turkey - three years on, her heartbroken family is still searching for answers
"The past three years have been the worst of my life. I still struggle to accept that Allie has gone,…
Family hope to finally get answers three years after toddler died following family holiday
The toddler's death is to be investigated at an inquest next week
Veronica Nelson faced 'disgusting behaviour' from officers in her dying days, prison supervisor says
Dame Phyllis Frost Centre supervisor Leanne Reid tells an inquest into Veronica Nelson's death some of the officers who responded…
Heartbroken family still hunting for answers three years after death of toddler
"The past three years have been the worst of my life" says mother
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
'Debilitated by anxiety': Tragedy of woman who 'saw herself differently' - and took her own life believing chronic condition made her look 'disfigured'
Christine Foster's body was pulled from the water in Orrell Water Park, Wigan, on November 19 last year
Tragedy as 'very special' biker died in fatal M60 collision after traffic stopped to let ambulance past
'He was a very popular man in Salford, and he was known by many and everybody loved him'
Get all your news in one place