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Family of man who died after liposuction query his marriage


Andrea Galeano. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Andrea Galeano. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Claudine Lawlor. Photo:Gareth Chaney Collins

Claudine Lawlor. Photo:Gareth Chaney Collins


Andrea Galeano. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

THE family of a Dublin man who died while having liposuction in Colombia questioned the validity of his marriage to his South American wife.

The inquest into the death of father-of-one Pierre Christian Lawlor (34) from Belarmine Place in Stepaside, Co Dublin, was adjourned early in order to establish that his wife Andrea Galeano is the next of kin.

The court heard that Dr Ricardo Lancheros, the surgeon who carried out the operation, is refusing the give evidence.

Mr Lawlor died on the operating table as he underwent liposuction and extensive plastic surgery to his face at Dr Lanchero's Bogota clinic on September 3, 2007.

His death had been the subject of a previous inquest at the Dublin County Coroner's Court, but the open verdict was later quashed by the High Court.

The second inquest at Dublin Coroner's Court heard that Mr Lawlor and Ms Galeano, a Venezuelan, met over the internet in 2006 and were married with a newborn son – Zachary – by the end of the year.

They were visiting her family in Colombia when the operation took place.

She told the court that she did not want Mr Lawlor to have the surgery and that she believed he had taken cocaine in the days before the operation.

Solicitor for the Lawlor family James MacGuill questioned Ms Galeano about whether she had been previously married.

Initially, she denied this.

However, when Mr MacGuill raised the matter of a marriage to a named man in Colombia in March 2002, Ms Galeano said that an event had taken place but that the marriage did not have legal status.

Ross Aylward, for Ms Galeano, said that her marriage to Mr Lawlor had been registered by Irish authorities.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell agreed that it was not within his jurisdiction to investigate the marriage but adjourned the inquest saying that he would like to see the Irish marriage certificate to confirm Ms Galeano's status as next of kin.

The inquest is set to resume today.