THE inquest into the death of 18-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Campbell who died in the care of Styal prison last year, has been provisionally set for January 10, 2005.
The Malpas teenager died on Saturday, January 18, 2003, a day after being convicted alongside co-defendant Kim Woolley of the manslaughter of Chester businessman Amrit Bhandari and sentenced to three years in custody.
Legal teams representing Sarah's mother Pauline Campbell, the Home Office and the Prison Officers Association met at a pre-inquest review at Warrington Coroners Court last Wednesday, and the coroner listed Sarah Campbell's inquest for two weeks.
Pauline Campbell, a retired lecturer and Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Re-form, has been campaigning against the level of prison deaths in the UK.
She has called for a full investigation into her daughter's death and told The Chronicle she will have waited nearly two years to get answers.
She said: 'It is unacceptable it has taken so long. The Prison Service completed its report into Sarah's death last April, but has only handed over the paperwork to the coroner this year.
Pauline Campbell's application for legal aid was refused by the Legal Services Commission which delayed the review until March 31, and her solicitor has since written to them demanding to know why.
She said: 'I was astonished my application to the Legal Services Commission to cover costs in the first instance as I have no savings, I have a large overdraft, no employment because of ill health and my only income is a teachers' infirmity fund.
The prison campaigner slammed the Home Office adding: 'I will not rest until the inquest is held and I find out how her death was allowed to happen.'
A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: 'The coroner holds inquests to his own timetable. We cannot publish a full report into the deaths until the inquests are complete.'