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!
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.