14 January 2020

Before HM Assistant Coroner Geraint Williams
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Coroner,
Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre,
Treliske, Truro, TR1 3FF

Opened 13 January - scheduled for nine days

The inquest into the death of Marc Anthony Cole opened on 13 January 2020. Marc died after coming into contact with Devon and Cornwall Police on 23 May 2017, whilst in mental health crisis. Marc was described by his family as a devoted father of two, who had just turned 30.

After caring for his terminally ill father, Marc experienced a period of mental ill health. On the 23 May 2017, Marc attended a friend’s residence at Langton road, Falmouth. Marc sadly experienced a period of distress and self-harm, during which he required urgent help. Devon and Cornwall Police attended the scene. Marc was then Tasered three times and subject to baton and restraint, following which he suffered cardiac arrest and died.

The family hope that the ongoing inquest will explore:

  • The use of force against Marc during his period of distress.
  • The safeguarding and special measures taken to ensure the safety of Marc being a vulnerable person.
  • The emergency response.


For further information, interview requests and to note your interest, please contact INQUEST Communications Team: 020 7263 1111 or email Lucy.

Marc’s mother and sister are represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Leanne Devine and Emily Comer of Broudie Jackson Canter and Emma Favata of Garden Court Chambers. Marc’s partner is represented by Clare Richardson of Deighton Pierce Glynn. The family are supported by INQUEST Senior Caseworker Natasha Thompson.

Other interested persons represented are Devon and Cornwall Police, represented by barrister Mark Thomas of 5 Essex Chambers; South Western Ambulance Service represented by barrister Nigel Lyons of Browne Jacobson and the Independent Office for Police Misconduct represented by Harry Petty.