Hearing transcripts

7 April 2008 - Verdict of the jury 15 (4.25 pm) 16 (Jury present) 17 VERDICTS 18 LORD JUSTICE SCOTT BAKER: I would ask that nobody leaves 19 the court until the reading of both inquisitions is 20 complete, please. 21 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Would the jury foreman please 22 rise? 23 Madam Foreman, in the matter of the death of Mr Emad 24 El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al Fayed, have you reached 25 a verdict on which a majority of the nine of you have 4 1 agreed? 2 THE JURY FOREMAN: We have. 3 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Could you give us the verdict and 4 indicate the number of jurors assenting to the verdict? 5 THE JURY FOREMAN: The verdict is unlawful killing, grossly 6 negligent driving of the following vehicles and of 7 the Mercedes. 8 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Thank you. Could you now read 9 the rest of the narrative on the inquisition, indicating 10 as appropriate the -11 LORD JUSTICE SCOTT BAKER: How many agreed and how many 12 dissented? 13 THE JURY FOREMAN: Nine, sir. 14 The deceased is Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim 15 Al Fayed. The injury causing death: multiple injuries, 16 including severe impact injury to the chest and 17 the transaction of the aorta. 18 Dodi Al Fayed died in the Alma Underpass in Paris at 19 around 12.22 am on 31st August 1997 as a result of 20 a motor crash. The crash was caused or contributed to

21 by the speed and manner of driving of the Mercedes, 22 the speed and manner of driving of the following 23 vehicles, the impairment of the judgment of the driver 24 of the Mercedes through alcohol. There are nine of 25 those who agree on those conclusions. 5 1 In addition, the death of the deceased was caused or 2 contributed to by the fact that the deceased was not 3 wearing a seat-belt, the fact that the Mercedes struck 4 the pillar in the Alma Tunnel rather than colliding with 5 something else, and we are unanimous on those, sir. 6 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Is that the conclusion of your 7 narrative verdict? 8 THE JURY FOREMAN: It is. 9 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: In the matter of Diana, 10 Princess of Wales, have you reached a verdict on which 11 at least nine of you have agreed? 12 THE JURY FOREMAN: We have. 13 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Could you give us the verdict, 14 indicating the number of jurors that have dissented to 15 that? 16 THE JURY FOREMAN: The verdict is unlawful killing, grossly 17 negligent driving of the following vehicles and of 18 the Mercedes, and that is nine of us, sir. 19 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Could you please read the rest of 20 the narrative of your inquisition, indicating, where 21 appropriate, the number of jurors who have assented to 22 the verdict? 23 THE JURY FOREMAN: The deceased is Diana, Princess of Wales. 24 The cause of death is chest injury, laceration within 25 the left pulmonary vein and the immediate adjacent 6 1 portion of the left atrium of the heart. 2 Diana, Princess of Wales, died La Pitie-Salpetriere 3 Hospital in Paris at around 4 am on 31st August 1997 as 4 a result of a motor crash which occurred in the Alma 5 Underpass in Paris on 31st August 1997 at around 6 12.22 am. The crash was caused or contributed to by 7 the speed and manner of driving of the Mercedes, 8 the speed and manner of driving of the following 9 vehicles, the impairment of the judgment of the driver 10 of the Mercedes through alcohol. Nine of us are agreed

11 on those points, sir. 12 In addition, the death of the deceased was caused or 13 contributed to by the fact that the deceased was not 14 wearing a seat-belt, the fact that the Mercedes struck 15 the pillar in the Alma Tunnel, rather than colliding 16 with something else, and we are unanimously agreed on 17 that. 18 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Have the assenting jurors signed 19 both inquisition forms? 20 THE JURY FOREMAN: They have. 21 SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: Could you pass the forms to the 22 usher? You may be seated. 23 LORD JUSTICE SCOTT BAKER: Thank you very much.