A Fight For Justice Sometimes Requires Sacrifice…

A grieving woman has spoken of her anguish that the body of her mother has lain in Kingston hospital’s morgue for more than 18 months because an inquest into her death has not been held.

Terrible! Awful! Outrageous!

Who’s responsible..?

Her daughter, Collette Owens, 44, of Down Road in Teddington, said her mother had suffered for years with excruciating abdominal pain caused by adhesions in the womb that were not recognised until it was too late.

She believes the adhesions contributed to her death and, along with her father Jeffrey, is fighting for the inquest she said she was promised in 2014, as well as a full investigation into the conduct of west London Coroner’s Court.

Because the coroner’s court will not open an inquest and Ms Owens will not accept the proposed cause of death there has been no funeral and Elizabeth Owen’s body has been kept in the morgue since April 2014.

Ah. OK. Well, it seems she is.

In a letter dated August 18, 2014, from senior coroner for west London Chinyere Inyama to former MP for Twickenham Vince Cable, who wrote to the coroners court on Ms Owens’ behalf, Mr Inyama said a coroner will open an investigation if the cause of death is believed to be unnatural or unknown, of violent cause or associated with the deceased being in custody.

He said: “None of those situations arise in this case, therefore there will not be an inquest into the death of Mrs Owens.”

If the name sounds familiar, well, he’s the much vaunted ‘Britain’s first black coroner’ who is….well, he’s making a name for himself, all right, but it’s not the name that diversity campaigners might have hoped for!.

West London Coroners court has come under fire in recent months due to a backlog of cases and six councils have written to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) calling for action to be taken against Mr Inyama.

Hmmm. Well, Ms Owens, one of the consequences of your determination to fight for what you see as justice is that mummy won’t get a funeral.

No sense weeping about it to the paper.

4 comments for “A Fight For Justice Sometimes Requires Sacrifice…

  1. Errol
    December 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I’m not sure what the problem is here. If the daughter feels there was a misdiagnosis, surely going the coroner is the wrong approach?

    I’m not sure what the colour of the coroner has to do with it. If he’s incompetent then that’s a matter for his superiors to handle.

    What’s the story? Is there something else going on?

    • December 13, 2015 at 6:19 am

      The problem is, with him being held up as a shining beacon purely because of his race, as opposed to his competence, then there’s an incentive for the establishment to fight like rabid weasels to keep him in post, no matter what.

      I suspect a white English coroner would have been our on his ear ‘ole long before now!

  2. Lord T
    December 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    There are two issues;

    1 She feels that her mothers death should be investigated and the doctors dealing with her should be pointed out and punished. For that she needs the coroner to hold an inquest.

    2) A coroner is incompetent and complaints have been made.

    It just happens to be the same coroner and perhaps that is the issue with the inquest? Normally coroners fall over themselves to have an inquest at the drop of a hat. However as it will only point at the NHS and they have so many fingers pointing at them already what is the point? This lady obviously think there is. Cynical me thinks it’ll find them liable but nothing will happen. The coroner may be crap but can you image what is going through his bosses mind. First black coroner and I’m supposed to sack him. Bang goes my career when he claims unfair dismissal.

    It is so funny when these PC stories work out as expected.

  3. Ed P
    December 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Perhaps she’s just playing for time as she saves up for the funeral?

    Alternatively, she’s another attention-seeker who cannot accept a professional judgement.

    Case closed.

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