East Kent hospitals to face questions over death of young father

Luke Leggatt died nearly two years ago

Staff from the east Kent hospitals trust will be among those answering questions over the death of a young Canterbury father.

Luke Leggatt had been treated at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital shortly before he was found collapsed in a road nearby.

At the time of his death nearly two years ago, he was a father-of-one who lived at Devon Road on the Spring Lane Estate.

The 26-year-old had been found in the early morning of December 14, 2016 in a driveway at St Lawrence Close off the Old Dover Road.

Superficial facial injuries suggested that he had fallen.

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital

But it is known that Mr Leggatt had earlier been in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital for treatment.

His brother had taken him to the hospital in Ethelbert Road after he had suffered a seizure.

There is understood to be CCTV footage of him leaving the building in a disoriented state.

Nine hours then elapsed before he was discovered by a resident in the quiet cul-de-sac.

An inquest was immediately opened following his death and will go to the formal public hearing stage later this week.

Mr Leggatt, who worked as a gas engineer, came from a large family and doted on his daughter.

His funeral saw more than 500 mourners attend Canterbury Cemetery with a wake later held at the golf club.

After Mr Leggatt’s death, his mother described him as “my baby” and recalled how he used to sing My Clementine to her.

She also demanded answers as to how his death had come about. It happened just as he was about to become a father for the second time.

The inquest will be heard by the East Kent Coroner at Canterbury Magistrates Court at 10am on Wednesday. The hearing is open to the public.


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