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Sutherlands allowed to exhume Darren's body

THE FAMILY of Darren Sutherland have been granted permission to exhume the body of the boxer.

The family have been granted a licence for the exhumation but have yet to comment on the reasons for it.

When contacted today by the Herald, the boxer's father Tony said it was a "private matter" and directed queries towards the family's lawyer.

The Olympic bronze medallist was buried in St Finian's Cemetery in Navan, Co Meath -- near his family's home in Balreask Manor.

Sutherland (27) was found dead last September at his flat in Bromley, south London, by his manager, Frank Maloney.

The super-middleweight was found hanged on September 14.

The inquest was opened and adjourned at Croydon Coroner's Court near Bromley.

His family were understood to be seeking a jury-based inquest, with a view to securing a verdict of death by misadventure and not suicide.

Meath County Manager Tom Dowling granted the Sutherlands a licence to have Darren's remains re-interred.



Conditions

The exhumation licence is subject to compliance with certain conditions which have been outlined by the HSE.

Darren turned professional after winning a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

He won his first professional fight in December of that year and went on to win another three fights before his death.

Manager Maloney had high hopes for Darren, saying he believed the young Irishman would become world champion.

Shortly after Darren's death, Tony publicly declared he was sure that his son did not suffer from depression. He said the family were still waiting for answers about his death.

In an interview last September, Mr Sutherland revealed they did not find out what had happened until several hours after Darren's body was discovered.

Tony said Darren was found dead at three o'clock and "we found out at eight o'clock that night".

"You would think that the first person who should know that their child is dead should be his parents.

"It was on the internet. Somebody wrote on Bebo 'Darren Rest In Peace' before we knew he was dead."

comurphy@herald.ie


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