Tuesday 30 May 2017

Coroner at Winehouse inquest 'not qualified'

Nina Lakhani in London

Amy Winehouse's family is seeking legal advice after it emerged that the coroner who presided over her inquest was improperly appointed by her husband.

Suzanne Greenaway was appointed assistant deputy coroner in inner north London in 2009 by Dr Andrew Scott Reid. She stood down last November after it emerged she did not have the correct qualifications. The Office for Judicial Complaints is investigating.

Coroners, who are lawyers or doctors, must have been registered with a professional body in the UK for at least five years. Ms Greenaway practised as a solicitor in Australia from 1999 but came to the UK less than three years ago.

Despite the irregularities, her inquest verdicts remain intact.

But Dr Reid yesterday indicated that he would authorise the cases to be reheard if the relatives of the dead so wished. (© Independent News Service)

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