A CORONER’S JURY HAS RULED THAT PRINCESS DIANA AND DODI AL-FAYED WERE UNLAWFULLY KILLED BY THE RECKLESS ACTIONS OF THEIR DRIVER AND THE PAPARAZZI
Driver Henri Paul and paparazzi share the blame for the manslaughter of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed, the jury at their inquest has concluded.
The panel returned joint verdicts of unlawful killing through grossly negligent driving – or gross negligence manslaughter – 10-and-a-half years after the Paris crash in which Diana, Mr Fayed and Mr Paul died.
The jury also specified that Mr Paul’s drink-driving and the fact that neither Mr Fayed nor Diana were wearing seatbelts contributed to their deaths.
There was laughter in court as the coroner rose to leave before turning around to tell the jury that they would be excused jury service for the rest of their lives.
He thanked them for their “considerable devotion” to duty over the past six months and said it was “almost astonishing” that they had been present on every day without having any absences. The inquest has been sitting for 93 days.
After sitting through evidence from 278 witnesses from across the world, the jury of six women and five men took four days to reach the majority decisions.
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