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Winehouse family in new inquest ordeal

THE inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse was set to be reheard today. The Back To Black star was found dead at her London home in July 2011, aged 27.



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 new hearing is due to take place today at St Pancras Coroner's Court in London -- but the verdict, of death due to misadventure, is not expected to change.

Ms Greenaway recorded the original verdict of misadventure at the original hearing in October 2011.

She 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 last month after the Office for Judicial Complaints launched disciplinary proceedings against him.







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Investigators found he had not "thoroughly" checked his wife had the requisite qualifications.

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 medical practitioner.

The Winehouse family said last month when it was announced that the inquest would be reheard: "The family were happy with the way the original inquest was conducted and did not request it to be reheard.

"The verdict is not expected to change."

hnews@herald.ie