The Independent London Newspaper
23rd October 2014

Letters

Coroner appointed by her husband steps down after qualifications error

    Andrew Reid

    FEBRUARY 1, 2012

    BY RICHARD OSLEY

    A DEPUTY coroner who presided over 12 inquests into the deaths of Camden residents, including the case of tragic singer Amy Winehouse, has stepped down after questions were raised about her qualifications.

    Suzanne Greenaway was appointed to the job of assistant deputy coroner at St Pancras Coroner's Court by her husband, Dr Andrew Reid (pictured). He is the full time coroner for the area.

    In a statement released today, Dr Reid said: “I appointed my wife as an assistant deputy coroner as I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post. In November of last year it became apparent that I had made an error in the appointment process and I accepted her resignation. While I am confident that all of the inquests handled were done so correctly, I apologise if this matter causes distress to the families and friends of the deceased. I will be writing to the families affected to personally apologise and offer for their cases to reheard if requested."   
     

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