Pre-inquest review into the death of Marta Elena Vento, aged 27
A pre-inquest review (PIR) into the death of Marta Elena Vento, aged 27, will be held at Dorset Coroner’s Court, at the Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth on Tuesday 9 January 2023 at 10:30am.
Posted on 08 January 2024
Marta, a Spanish national, was killed by Stephen Cole, aged 32, on 9 December 2020, at the Travelodge in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, where Marta worked as a receptionist.
Cole had been released from prison in October 2020, and whilst in custody had presented with severe psychosis. On 4 December he was arrested for assault and held in custody overnight before he was released on bail. He was staying at the Christchurch Road Travelodge when he killed Marta in a brutal attack using a pair of clippers.
Cole pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility and was sentenced at a Winchester Crown Court hearing on 1 June 2021 to be detained indefinitely in a secure hospital.
At Tuesday’s PIR the Senior Coroner, Mrs Rachael Griffin, will consider the scope of the inquest, whether Article 2 is engaged, who should be named as Interested Persons (IPs), what disclosures are needed and who should be called as witnesses.