Inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse to be reheard as coroner was not properly qualified

Inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse to be reheard as coroner was not properly qualifiedCoroner Suzanne Greenaway recorded a verdict of death by misadventureMs Greenaway was appointed to her role in July 2009 by her husband

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12:50 GMT, 17 December 2012


Tragic: The Back to Black star was found dead at her north London home last year, aged 27

Tragic: The Back to Black star was found dead at her north London home last year, aged 27

The inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse will be reheard because the coroner was under-qualified, according to a spokesman for Camden Council.

The move comes after an investigation
found Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest into Winehouse's death,
did not have the correct qualifications for the role.

The Back to Black star was found dead at her north London home last year, aged 27.

Ms Greenaway recorded a verdict of death by misadventure at the original hearing in London last year, but now a new hearing is to be heard at St Pancras Coroner's Court on Tuesday January 8.

The coroner was appointed to the role in July 2009 by her husband, Andrew Reid, who was the coroner for Inner North London, after she had worked as a solicitor and barrister in Australia.

But she stepped down in November when it emerged she did not have the requisite five years' experience in the Law Society.

Dr Reid resigned from his position this month after the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) launched disciplinary proceedings against him.

Investigators found he had not 'thoroughly' checked his wife had the requisite qualifications for the position.

Terrible ordeal; Janis Winehouse, Amy's mother, leaves St Pancras Coroner's Court in London on 26 October last year

Terrible ordeal; Janis Winehouse, Amy's mother, leaves St Pancras Coroner's Court in London on 26 October last year

The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice indicated their intention to remove Dr Reid from judicial office following the investigation.

Despite Dr Reid's earlier claim that he had done nothing deliberately wrong in giving his wife a job as one of his assistants, he chose to stand down rather than challenge their decision.

Exit: Coroner for Inner North London Andrew Reid resigned this month after the Office for Judicial Complaints launched disciplinary proceedings against him for hiring his wife

Exit: Coroner for Inner North London Andrew Reid resigned this month after the Office for Judicial Complaints launched disciplinary proceedings against him for hiring his wife

Dr Reid, who had himself handled several high-profile inquests, was appointed by the Ministry of Justice.

During Ms Greenaway's time as deputy assistant coroner, she conducted 12 inquests in Camden, but worked largely from Poplar Coroner's Court in east London.

According to British law, Ms Greenaway, who also worked as a nurse in Australia, would have needed either five years with the Law Society or five years of experience as a qualified medical practitioner.

She met neither set criteria.

Camden Council rubber-stamps the coroner’s appointments but said earlier this year that it was not aware at the time of Ms Greenaway’s appointment that she was Dr Reid's wife, although there is no suggestion that this fact was deliberately concealed.

Amy's family said in February that it was seeking legal advice following the coroner's resignation, but the singer's father Mitch said today
that he would not be attending any rehearing.

Mr Winehouse, who described the issue
as 'coroner nonsense' on Twitter earlier this year, said: 'I have not
heard about it. Nobody has told us about it.

'We won't go and sit through it all again. I will not allow my family to go through that again.

'All that will happen is that the key
points will be re-heard. We won't have to be there. We are not going to
put ourselves through that again because of someone else's total and
absolute inefficiency.'