Mum’s emo­tional drain as son’s death probe faces de­lay

Text said: ‘If any­thing hap­pens, in­ves­ti­gate’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Heartbreaking Statement - By Gerry War­ren gwar­ren@thek­m­ @Ger­ry_war­ren

Mys­tery still sur­rounds the death of a world renowned con­spir­acy the­o­rist after a coro­ner ad­journed his long-awaited in­quest this week.

The in­quiry into the rea­sons why and how Max Spiers from Can­ter­bury died in Poland were ex­pected to be re­vealed at the hear­ing.

But north east Kent as­sis­tant coro­ner Alan Bluns­don has post­poned the in­quest un­til early next year, say­ing he still needs more in­for­ma­tion.

Mr Spiers died sud­denly in a house in Poland in 2016, just days be­fore he was due to ad­dress a con­fer­ence.

The 39-year-old fa­ther-of-two is said to have vom­ited black fluid shortly be­fore his death but the Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties ini­tially recorded he had died from nat­u­ral causes.

A sec­ond post-mortem when his body was re­turned to east Kent proved in­con­clu­sive.

His mother, Vanessa BatesSpiers, of Mer­chant’s Way, Can­ter­bury, sus­pects her son – who made a name for him­self in the shad­owy world of con­spir­acy the­o­rists and sought to ex­pose gov­ern­ment cover-ups – may have been mur­dered be­cause his work “made him en­e­mies”.

She said that shortly be­fore he died he had texted her say­ing: “Your boy’s in trou­ble. If any­thing hap­pens, in­ves­ti­gate.”

The in­quest into his death was orig­i­nally opened in De­cem­ber last year and ad­journed for a full hear­ing, which had been due to take place this week.

But at an ad­min­is­tra­tive hear­ing on Fri­day, coro­ner Alan Bluns­don de­cided he still did not have enough in­for­ma­tion to fully ex­am­ine the death.

In par­tic­u­lar, it is hoped wit­nesses in Poland, who have submitted state­ments but are not obliged to at­tend, can give their ev­i­dence at the hear­ing via Skype.

Mrs Bates-spiers said she was dis­ap­pointed the hear­ing had to be ad­journed but un­der­stood the coro­ner’s view.

“I thought he was very fair and thor­ough and although there are a lot of state­ments, it was clear the coro­ner was not con­fi­dent he could reach a fair con­clu­sion with­out more in­for­ma­tion,” she said.

“It is emo­tion­ally drain­ing but I’ve waited this long and don’t mind if it takes longer if we even­tu­ally get to the truth of what hap­pened to Max.”

Max Spiers’s death re­mains shrouded in mys­tery; his mother Vanessa Bates-spiers, at his grave, sus­pects mur­der

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