PAR­ENTS WIN FIGHT FOR FULL IN­QUEST INTO SON’S DEATH

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - KATIE-ANN GUP­WELL katieann.gup­well@waleson­line.co.uk

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

David Brad­don

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