Poppi Worthington’s dad claims coroner ‘overstepped mark’ by listing injuries

The legal team for the father of toddler Poppi Worthington, who was abused shortly before she died, have claimed a coroner “overstepped the mark” at the inquest when he recorded the reasons for her death.

Former supermarket worker Paul Worthington, 50, took his case to the High Court where he is being represented by high-profile barrister Leslie Thomas QC before three Law Lords.

A coroner has ruled that his daughter Poppi, aged 13 months, was anally penetrated in her father’s double bed at the family home in Barrow-in-Furness in the early hours of December 12 2012.

The ruling mirrored the findings of two earlier High Court judgments.

However, at the conclusion of the inquest, senior coroner for Cumbria David Roberts ruled the child had been anally penetrated but that this did not cause her death.