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Mental health tribunal judge dies in floods

Phillip Sycamore, president of the health, education and social care chamber of the First-tier Tribunal, has led the tributes to his colleague, Judge Gammon, who died in the floods last weekend.

3 May 2012

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Jonathan Gammon, a mental health tribunal judge, was reported to have become trapped in a car with his wife as she tried to drive it across a ford on the River Enborne near Newbury, Berkshire. His wife, Priscilla, managed to swim to safety, but their dog also died.

Sycamore, a former Law Society president, said he was “greatly saddened and shocked by the tragic death of my colleague Jonathan Gammon.

“Jonathan, who had tremendous talent, became a full-time judge in 2009 having previously had a distinguished career as both a barrister and a solicitor.

“He served as a legal adviser in the magistrates’ courts and, prior to becoming a full-time judge, was head of performance and analysis for HMCS.

“He was a very well respected and popular colleague. Our thoughts are with his wife and family. He will be much missed.”

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