The inquiry into the death of a woman who drowned at a Danish holiday home will take place later this year.
Paula Leisen, 47, of Sales, drowned in a swimming pool on June 6, 2017 in the Nure Noble area of Denmark.
A. A full investigation into his death The hearing is set to take place in South Manchester Coroners’ Court in December 2021, before an inquiry on Monday (August 9).
Ms. Lesson’s husband, Donald McPherson, 47, is also from the cell. Appeared in court. He is accused of killing her in March.
A judge ruled that Mr McPherson had insufficient evidence to prove his wife’s murder. He was not found guilty..
Mr McPherson said his death was a “tragic accident” but that he had taken out 3 3 million in life insurance policies that his wife did not know about.
The prosecution alleges that he was killed for financial reasons.
Upon full questioning, she will become an ‘interested party’ with Ms Leson’s family and the Greater Manchester Police.
A pre-inquiry review hearing on Monday found that Mr McFarcene had drawn up two more life insurance policies with Royal London for 500 500,000 and £ 200,000.
The pre-inquiry hearing heard that Royal London had been given the status of ‘Interested Persons’, adding other companies to the list, including Mr McFarson, Scottish Widow, Zurich, Avea Insurance, Country Wide Assured, Vitality Life and L.A. Life insurance with V.
Coroner Christopher Morris has heard requests from Ms. Leson’s family and lawyers representing Mr. McPherson to determine whether Mr. McPherson’s finances should be investigated to determine the motive for the extrajudicial killings, and whether a jury should be involved. ۔
Sophie Cartwright QC, representing Ms. Leson’s family, argued that the scope of the investigation was “incredibly narrow” and that there was a need to respond to Ms. Leson’s death.
Ms. Cartwright QC added: “All background evidence of financial matters is relevant and important to the ‘how’ question.
“It would be wrong to take finance out of the equation at this stage. We need to see and understand this holiday in Denmark and what happened that day and beyond.
“There is a lot of evidence that makes it clear that what happened to this property was not an accident but a homicide.
“Evidence of extrajudicial killings or murders needs to be looked at and investigated. Relevant evidence and the background to financial irregularities and fraud need to be looked at.
“Life and travel insurance were taken out without his wife knowing.
“When considering a jury, the wishes of the family need to be considered. There is a reason to allow the jury to be a fact-finder.”
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Louis Brown QC, representing Mr McPherson, argued that the inquiry was “not a criminal case”.
He said: “There is a criminal case going on and Mr McPherson has been acquitted. The main question is how did she come to the medical cause of her drowning?
“Did Ms. Lesson die as a result of her unlawful death at the hands of Mr. McPherson or did she accidentally drown? The purpose of doing so is irrelevant as far as your inquiry is concerned.”
“We should primarily focus on the events of the day. The identity of the culprit is not a question that is being investigated for an answer.
“The key issue is the ability to draw a reasonable conclusion that the jury will not have.”
Mr Morris said he would send further investigative statements by October 1, 2021.
He told the hearing: “I would like an additional investigative statement from Mr. William Lesson. It was not clear from reading all these conversations whether Mr. William Lesson had any contact with Paula when she was in Denmark.
“I would also like to make a statement of inquiry to Mr. McPherson. I would like to make a statement to Mr. McFerson that covers the events leading up to the discovery of the swimming pool in Denmark and beyond.”
The provisional date for the full inquiry is December 13, 2021.