'Inconsistencies' force coroner to adjourn inquest
Published 25/03/2011 | 05:00
A CORONER presiding over an inquest into the death of a young mother from hypothermia has said he will clear up any inconsistencies in the case at a final hearing.
Rachel Peavoy (30), a mother of two, was found dead in her flat in Ballymun in Dublin on January 11, 2010.
Pathologist Anthony Dorman, a consultant at Beaumont Hospital, found she had suffered hypothermia.
Donal Barron, Ballmun area housing manager, told the inquest yesterday that he was told by Inspector Andrew Waters that the windows were open in the flat at the time of Ms Peavoy's death.
The issue over whether the windows were open or closed at the time the body was found came at "the 11th hour", Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell said.
Ms Peavoy's mother was at the inquest but told the court she would not come back again.
Earlier, Dublin City Council had said the heating was working in the flat where Ms Peavoy died. Council engineer Brendan Furlong denied the heating was turned off, and said it was working at the time of her death. Mr Furlong said a weather compensation system was in place at the flats and the heating was only disabled when outside temperatures reached about 20C.
However, he said air temperatures could fall and heat could be lost by an infiltration of air into a flat, or neighbouring flat.
Mr Furlong said a fitter visited the flat on December 15, 2009 and noted a temperature of 17C.
A letter from Dublin City Council to former Minister for Housing Noel Ahern said the council was aware of complaints made about heating on November 11 and 18, 2009.
Ms Peavoy, of 224 Shangan Road, Ballymun, had last spoken to her mother, Celine, the day before she was found dead. She had asked her mother to mind her two sons, Leon and Warren, and said she was turning her phone off because she couldn't sleep.
The next day, after numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Ms Peavoy, her brother Leon Peavoy and friend Jacqueline Johnston let themselves into her flat. Ms Johnston found the body of her friend in the main bedroom.
The case was adjourned until April 6.