4 September 2014
Bogus interpreter threatened to scupper choirgirl inquest
The inquest into the death of a choirgirl stabbed more than 50 times by her obsessive ex-boyfriend nearly collapsed today (thurs) after a bogus interpreter was used in court. Arsema Dawit, 15, was killed by Thomas Nugusse in the lift of the block of flats where she lived with her family on June 2, 2008. Her Eritrean born mother, Tsehaynesh Medhane, had been giving evidence in her native Tigrigna language at the dead schoolgirl's inquest at Southwark Coroner's Court. When Ms Medhane's family raised concerns that the Tigrigna interpreter was not translating her evidence correctly, it was discovered that she was speaking through an unaccredited court translator.