The Inquest

An inquest into the death of Sandra Rivett begins on 5 June 1975, and includes evidence from all of those who had witnessed that evening’s events, including Lady Lucan, despite the fact that, at that time, a wife was not required to testify against her husband. Blood samples and fibre evidence are also introduced, despite forensic evidence having been in its infancy at the time.
Persuaded by the evidence presented, the jury returns after only a half hour’s deliberation, to offer the verdict that Sandra Rivett’s death was a result of murder by Lord Lucan. As a direct result of the outcry that follows, a parliamentary bill was later passed, restricting any coroner’s court from naming a murderer in the future.