Bromley Olympic boxer's body exhumed
PUBLISHED: 16:52 08 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:13 08 September 2010
The body of an Olympic boxer who hanged himself has been exhumed for a second inquest at the request of his family.
Darren Sutherland was found dead by promoter and friend Frank Maloney at his flat in Bromley last September.
A verdict of suicide was given at the time but Meath County Council in his native Ireland granted a licence to have the 27-year-old’s remains dug up from St Finian’s Cemetery in Navan last Wednesday.
A second post-mortem is to take place before a second inquest later in the year. The death is not being treated suspiciously.
The Dublin-born Middleweight boxer, who took bronze at the Beijing Olympics, lived in Chislehurst with Mr Maloney, his wife Tracey, 43, and their children for four months after arriving in the UK in the October 2008 following his success in the games.
Upon finding the body of his protégé, Mr Maloney, 56, suffered a heart attack but has since made a full recovery.
A statement read by the Sutherland’s solicitor, said: “Whilst they are not at liberty to go into the specific reasons for their application given the pending coronial inquest into their late son’s death, they feel that the conduct of a second post-mortem into Darren’s death will only assist in putting all relevant matters before the coroner when the inquest into Darren’s death is reconvened later this year.
“They are firmly of the view that the only forum for determining the facts surrounding Darren’s death is through the judicial process and not otherwise.”
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