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Narrative verdict “not justice” for Mason Jones says mother

The mother of Mason Jones  says she feels her son has not received justice after coroner David Bowen recorded a narrative verdict at his inquest today.

Sharon Mills had sought a verdict of unlawful killing following the five-year-olds death from E.coli in 2005.

Ms. Mills said she was disappointed with the narrative verdict

Mason Jones suffered hallucinations and sweating fits before dying two weeks after being served contaminated gammon and turkey at his primary school in south Wales.

Watch Sharon Mills statement to the press after the inquest

An official inquiry, a court case and extensive lobbying by consumer groups have all highlighted serious failings in food handling standards.

William Tudor who supplied the meat which led to Wales’s biggest E.coli outbreak in 2005 was jailed for a year for breaching hygiene regulations.

Watch an interview with Prof Huw Pennington, E.coli expert

Ms. Mills, 36, wept as the coroner gave his verdict. He said he had “agonised” over whether to record a verdict of unlawful killing but decided instead gave a narrative verdict.

He said: “Mason’s death was a result of an E coli infection due to the consumption of cooked meat which had become contaminated during the course of preparation due to a lack of, or disregard of, good food hygiene practices.

“The strain which killed Mason was indistinguishable from the strain found in unused cooked meat supplied to schools by William Tudor.”

Ms Mills said: “We are extremely disappointed the coroner felt he wasn’t legally able to return a verdict that Mason was unlawfully killed.

“For that reason, we do not feel Mason has received proper justice. I will carry on with my campaign for as long as needs be. E coli is never going away. It is a deadly bacteria and everyone should know about.”

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