February 2, 2012 7:38
Amy Winehouse's family to seek advice after coroner's resignation
But singer's father Mitch tells people to ignore 'nonsense'
Yesterday (February 1), it was reported that the inquest into the 'Back To Black' singer's death could be declared to be "illegal" after rules appeared to have been broken in the appointment of the inquest's coroners.
The inquest recorded in late 2011 that Winehouse had died as a result of 'misadventure' and was chaired by Inner North London Coroner Dr Andrew Scott Reid. In the process of dealing with the case, Reid appointed his wife Suzanne Greenaway to the role of Assistant Deputy Coroner.
However, Greenaway subsequently confirmed that she had resigned in November after it was discovered that she did not match the requirements which govern the appointment of coroners, meaning that potentially each of the 30 inquests she has overseen could be declared illegal.
According to the Independent, Winehouse's relatives have now released a statement which reads:
The Winehouse family is taking advice on the implications of this and will decide if any further discussion with the authorities is needed.
Amy's father Mitch Winehouse, meanwhile, took to Twitter to give his opinion on the news, posting: "Don't worry about coroner nonsense. We are all OK."
The inquest recorded in late 2011 that the 'Back To Black' singer had died as a result of 'misadventure'. According to UK law, however, Greenaway could only be appointed if she had been in the Law Society as a solicitor for at least five years, but she only joined two-and-a-half years ago. The law also states that you must have five years as a "qualified medical practitioner", which she does not possess.
Speaking about the issue, Dr Scott Reid said: "In November it became apparent I'd made an error in the appointment process. While I am confident that all of the inquests handled were done so correctly, I apologise if this matter causes distress."
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