PARENTS WIN FIGHT FOR FULL INQUEST INTO SON’S DEATH
THE parents of a teenager who was murdered in 2015 have won their battle to have a full inquest into his death.
Conner Marshall, from Barry, was beaten to death in a brutal attack at Trecco Bay Caravan Park in March 2015.
His killer David Braddon, 26, was later sentenced following the horrific attack but Conner’s inquest was suspended while his trial took place.
After a battle that has taken around two years, Nadine and Richard Marshall told an inquest they “want answers” about their son’s death.
At the hearing, held at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, Oc- tober 24, the court was told Braddon was meant to be watched by probation services for drugs offences and attacking a police officer.
But Braddon attacked Conner after taking cocaine, Valium and drinking alcohol.
The family’s barrister, Lloyd Williams, said: “One of the astonishing features of this case is that the parents know absolutely nothing about the circumstances of the attack.”
Mr Williams told the court it was alleged Braddon mistook Conner for his ex-girlfriend’s new partner at the time of the attack. He confessed to the murder and was put behind bars for life at Cardiff Crown Court.
But Conner’s parents claim there are many things they do not know about their son’s death and they want to find out what happened when Braddon was meant to be on probation.
They appealed to the coroner to carry out a full inquest to be heard so they can get closer to finding out exactly how he died.
Mr Williams said: “All that can be said is that Braddon was at the car park and that he attacked Conner and Conner sustained serious injuries that resulted in his death. There is no detail.
“There are two themes here. There is the operational issue and there is the investigational issue.”
South Wales Central Coroner Andrew Barkley ruled an inquest will now take place to investigate the circumstances behind Conner’s death.
A date is yet to be confirmed.
Conner Marshall was murdered in March 2015 at Trecco Bay Caravan Park