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Inquest into the deaths of Yulia and Timur Gokcedag

News   •   Dec 16, 2020 17:47 GMT

An inquest into the deaths of Yulia and Timur Gokcedag was held at Poplar Coroner's Court on Wednesday, 16 December.

The Metropolitan Police Service fully engaged with the coronial process that examined the circumstances of the death of Yulia and Timur Gokcedag – the Coroner’s finding was that the death of Yulia Gokcedag was suicide and the death of Timur Gokcedag was unlawful killing and that they both died on Wednesday, 12 August. 

Detective Inspector Joanna Yorke, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “The death of anyone outside of natural circumstances is a matter of deep regret and our thoughts and sympathies remain with Yulia’s husband, Timur’s father, and remaining family, who have suffered immeasurable loss.

“I sincerely hope that today’s finding provides them with a measure of comfort and a degree of closure now that the legal process is at an end.”

Yulia and Timur Gokcedag had been reported missing to police on Wednesday, 12 August. At approximately 03:20hrs on Thursday, 13 August, officers attended a residential address in Lockesfield Place, E14, following concerns for the welfare of the occupants.

Officers forced entry to the property and found Yulia and her son Timur unresponsive. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation was launched by the Met's Specialist Crime Command.

Post-mortem examinations determined the cause of death for Yulia to have been hanging and Timur’s cause of death was drowning.

As is routine, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) was informed. A referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who referred it back to the local professional standards unit where enquiries are ongoing.