Saturday 24 March 2018

Death of architect dad-of-two 'not connected to assault'

Deepak Abbi
Deepak Abbi

Gareth Naughton

A MAN suffered an aneurysm after being involved in a row with a teenage boy, but assault was not a factor in his death, the state pathologist has said.

The inquest into the death of Drogheda architect Deepak Abbi (53) heard he was assaulted by the teenager after catching him trying to get into his office building on July 19 last year.

On July 22, he complained of aches and pains and subsequently collapsed at the kitchen table. He died two days later in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

Prof Marie Cassidy said Mr Abbi (inset) died as a result of a spontaneous rupture of a pre-existing aneurysm in the brain.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard from Mr Abbi's wife, Anu, who witnessed the assault on the street in the Co Louth town.

A crowd gathered as the boy confronted the architect. Mrs Abbi said she told her husband to "leave it", but the boy attacked him.

"He was lashing out with his fists and he was also kicking," she said. Mr Abbi was pushed against a wall, hitting the back of his head.

The court heard there is a prosecution for common assault currently before the courts in relation to the incident.

Mr Abbi did not go to the doctor following the incident, but in the following days he became tired and lethargic. He was "very low," said Mrs Abbi.

The rupture of the cerebral artery aneurysm appears to be spontaneous and unrelated to the previous incident, death being due to natural causes,” she said.

Prof Cassidy carried out the post-mortem on foot of concerns that Mr Abbi's death may have been connected to the assault.

However, she said there was no evidence of any significant trauma to the head and no relationship between the assault and his subsequent collapse and death.

Mr Abbi's aneurysm was the result of degenerative changes in a blood vessel in his brain, she said.

She told the family that there was little chance of recovery from an aneurysm of its size.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that there was no evidence before the court to suggest a link between the assault and the subsequent aneurysm.

He returned a narrative verdict outlining the facts.

Irish Independent

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