On 29 July 2013, Dingemans J and Judge Peter Thornton QC quashed the verdict of an inquest that had been held over 20 years previously into the death of an unidentified man whose body had washed ashore. DNA profiling now provided strong scientific evidence that he was an individual identified on the Missing Persons Database. He had had a history of mental health issues and learning difficulties and was suicidal. He was last seen in September 1989 when he was 34 years old in a psychiatric unit of a hospital and had tried on that day to take his own life. Given this fresh evidence, the Court accepted that it was necessary or desirable in the interests of justice to order a fresh inquest pursuant to section 13 (2) of the Coroners Act