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Inquest over freed mother's death
Sally Clark
Sally Clark spent three years in jail after her wrongful conviction
A full inquest is to be held into the death of solicitor Sally Clark, who was freed from jail after she was cleared of murdering her two sons.

Mrs Clark, 42, was found dead at her home in Hatfield Peverel near Witham, Essex, in March.

Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray opened an inquest a few days later and was told pathologists thought Mrs Clark had died of natural causes.

A full hearing will take place after test results are received.

It will take place in Chelmsford on 7 November.

Mrs Clark was found guilty of murdering eight-week-old Harry and 11-week-old Christopher in 1999 while she was living in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Expert evidence

She spent three years in jail for the murder of her two sons, before she was cleared by the Court of Appeal in January 2003.

In a statement following Mrs Clark's death her family said she "never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice".

During her trial, the court was told her children died within 14 months of each other and jurors had to decide whether their deaths were natural.

The expert evidence of paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow was a focal point throughout Mrs Clark's trial and appeal.

He told jurors the probability of two natural unexplained cot deaths in one family was 73m-to-one.

The figure was disputed by the Royal Statistical Society and other medical experts who said the odds of a second cot death in a family were around 200-to-one.

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