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End in sight: Presumption of Death Bill

There is light at the end of the tunnel for the introduction ?of presumption of death legislation, says Kirsten Bennett

16 November 2012

In October 2003, a young father called Vinny Derrick went out for a few drinks with some work colleagues at a popular city centre bar in Manchester. He was due to stay with his boss at her home in Heald Green, but she had left the club before him.

He later rang his boss to say he had got out of a taxi, but was lost on a dual carriageway. His boss gave him directions to her house, but he never turned up.

Mrs Derrick obtained a presumption of death order in 2011, yet still faced problems in dealing with Vinny’s estate.

In February 2012 his remains were found by workmen in undergrowth near a motorway junction.

Current complexity

Currently, it is difficult to register ?the death of a missing person in the absence of a body. Without the death certificate, practical issues such as selling proper...

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