Key questions after five-year-old boy’s death in Greek holiday resort


A coroner has set out key questions that will be considered at the inquest of a five-year-old boy who died while on holiday in Greece. Theo Treharne-Jones from Merthyr Tydfil was found in a swimming pool at Atlantica Holiday Village resort on the Greek island of Kos on June 15, 2019.

Despite attempts to save his life by hotel staff and other guests at the hotel, Theo was pronounced dead in hospital. He was on holiday with his parents Nina Treharne and Richard Jones, along with his siblings and extended family.

It is believed he woke up before his family and was able to get out of his hotel room on his own, before wandering into the pool. His parents told a previous pre-inquest review hearing in October 2019 that the room they were staying in didn’t have a chain lock on the door.

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They said that this meant while no-one could get into the room from outside, there was “no way” the door could be locked from the inside. Another pre-inquest review hearing concerning the little boy’s death took place on Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on Wednesday (May 15, 2024).

Setting out the scope of the inquest, assistant coroner Gavin Knox listed key questions that would be considered. These included how Theo got from the hotel room to the pool area; the “safety and supervision” of pool areas in the hotel; and the information made available to Theo’s parents at the time of booking the holiday, on arrival at the hotel and displayed at the poolside.

As painful as these proceedings are for those who have lost a loved one the lessons that can be learned from inquests can go a long way to saving others’ lives.

The press has a legal right to attend inquests and has a responsibility to report on them as part of their duty to uphold the principle of open justice.

It’s a journalist’s duty to make sure the public understands the reasons why someone has died and to make sure their deaths are not kept secret. An inquest report can also clear up any rumours or suspicion surrounding a person’s death.

But, most importantly of all, an inquest report can draw attention to circumstances which may stop further deaths from happening.

Should journalists shy away from attending inquests then an entire arm of the judicial system is not held to account.

Inquests can often prompt a wider discussion on serious issues, the most recent of these being mental health and suicide.

Editors actively ask and encourage reporters to speak to the family and friends of a person who is the subject of an inquest. Their contributions help us create a clearer picture of the person who died and also provides the opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one.

Often families do not wish to speak to the press and of course that decision has to be respected. However, as has been seen by many powerful media campaigns, the input of a person’s family and friends can make all the difference in helping to save others.

Without the attendance of the press at inquests questions will remain unanswered and lives will be lost.

Other questions Mr Knox will consider is the suitability of the door locking mechanisms; information made available to Theo’s parents about those door locks; and any opportunity to request additional measures. He will also consider the appropriateness of resuscitation, including training of hotel staff; access for an ambulance; the availability and appropriateness of a defibrillator; and what the cause of Theo’s death was and whether there were any “contributing factors” to it arising from the inquiry.

“A difficulty I will face inevitably is we just don’t know how long Theo had been in the water for,” Mr Knox told the hearing. “That’s going to be a major factor as to whether any of these resuscitation measures would’ve made any difference.”

The coroner also gave a provisional list of witnesses who will give evidence at the inquest – including Theo’s parents, representatives from travel firm TUI, the man who found Theo in the pool, hotel staff, and people who assisted with CPR – though he said it might not be possible to trace them all. A date for the inquest has yet to be set but it will take place at Pontypridd Coroners’ Court without a jury.



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