The family of a Jeremy Kyle guest have praised the coroner’s decision to make the host a ‘person of interest’ after claiming he ‘may have contributed’ to his death.
Last week, the claim was made at a pre-inquest review into the death of Stephen Dymond, who died of a morphine overdose and heart problem at his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, after taking a lie detector test on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg revealed that he had decided to make Kyle an ‘interested person’ under the coroner’s rules, ‘which means really, on the face of the papers, that potentially an act or omission on behalf of Jeremy Kyle may have caused or contributed to the death of Steve Dymond.’
‘That is why we have additional counsel, Mr Sheldon QC, on behalf of Mr Kyle,’ he added at the inquiry.
Mr Sheldon QC joined the ranks of legal representative at the inquiry, to represent Kyle.
The pre-inquest review hearing will also consider whether Dymond’s death had been a breach of Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
Following the pre-inquest review, Dymond’s family issued a statement where they ‘welcomed’ the coroner’s decision.
Leigh Day partner, Merry Varney, who represents the family released a statement on their behalf.
‘We welcome the coroner’s decision confirming the scope of the inquest into Steve’s death,’ the statement read.
‘Having recognised in July that Jeremy Kyle himself ought to be an Interested Person, today’s confirmation that how Steve came to be on the Jeremy Kyle Show, how he was treated on it and the aftercare provided will all form part of the Coroner’s inquest gives us real confidence Steve’s death will be fully and fearlessly investigated.’
There were also claims made at the inquest which alleged that Kyle had branded Dymond a ‘serial liar’ and said he ‘would not trust him with a chocolate button’.
It’s also been claimed Mr Kyle made the comment: ‘Has anyone got a shovel?’
Dymond, 63, was found dead at his home on May 9, 2019, days after he took a lie detector test on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
He had told his landlady he went on the show to prove he had not been cheating on his ex-partner Jane Callaghan.
Afterwards, he said he was worried about the repercussions of the show.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Kyle was plotting his TV comeback ‘to have his say’, a year after his notorious morning show was cancelled.
Conservative MP Damian Collins said that the presenter should remain out of the spotlight until a final report into the inquiry of Dymond’s death was published.
A full inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is set to be held in the summer of 2021.
Credit: Original article published here.