Mother Fatally Shot During Armed Standoff Died from Head Wound, Inquest Reveals

Mother Fatally Shot During Armed Standoff Died from Head Wound, Inquest Reveals

...By Muyiwa Aderinto for TDPel Media.

Inquest Establishes Mother’s Fatal Head Wound During Armed Standoff

The passage reports on the findings of an inquest regarding the tragic death of Hayley Burke, a mother-of-two who was fatally wounded during an armed siege at her home.


The inquest reveals that Burke was shot in the head by her partner, Jacob Cloke, who was reportedly a cocaine addict.

Despite the presence of firearms officers and a trained negotiator at the scene, Burke succumbed to her injuries two days later at King’s College Hospital in London.

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Cloke, who also sustained critical gunshot wounds, was kept on life support but passed away in the hospital.

The inquest, held at County Hall in Maidstone, Kent, confirms that Burke’s injuries were incompatible with life, with the cause of death determined as a gunshot wound to the head.

Due to an ongoing police investigation, not all information was available to the coroner’s office, leading to the adjournment of the inquest until October, when it will be heard in full.

The passage also sheds light on the history of abuse suffered by Burke at the hands of Cloke.

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It is revealed that Cloke had faced charges related to the alleged abuse of Burke and had a previous conviction for assaulting another woman.

Details from court proceedings depict instances of violence, threats, and intimidation towards Burke, including an incident where Cloke tried to strangle her over a mobile phone dispute.

The deteriorating relationship between Burke and Cloke led to escalating violence and control.

The tragic events leading to Burke’s death highlight the devastating consequences of domestic violence and the need for effective intervention and support systems.

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The upcoming separate inquest into Cloke’s death will likely provide additional insights into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.

Overall, the passage provides information about the cause of Burke’s death, the ongoing investigation, and the history of abuse suffered by Burke at the hands of Cloke.

Since the killing, it has emerged that scaffolder Cloke was facing a number of charges over alleged abuse of Ms Burke and had been to prison for attacking another woman. Pictured: Ms Burke
Cloke (pictured) also suffered critical gunshot wounds in the armed stand-off with police and was left on life-support and died in hospital last Thursday
It underscores the importance of addressing domestic violence and the need for justice and support for victims.

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