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My sister's death was a cover-up' says filmmaker

PUBLISHED: 16:39 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

UNHAPPY: Bill and Maria Maloney with his sister Dyana (centre).

UNHAPPY: Bill and Maria Maloney with his sister Dyana (centre).

A FILMMAKER who believes his sister was murdered has vowed to discover how she died after an inquest recorded an open verdict. Bill Maloney, owner of Pie n Mash Films based in Beckenham and Lewisham, is convinced his sister Dyana, 49, died under suspic

A FILMMAKER who believes his sister was murdered has vowed to discover how she died after an inquest recorded an open verdict.

Bill Maloney, owner of Pie 'n' Mash Films based in Beckenham and Lewisham, is convinced his sister Dyana, 49, died under suspicious circumstances.

Miss Maloney's decomposed body was found in her Walworth flat on June 12 last year, crouched down with her arms raised above her head, an inquest heard.

Just six days before, she was taken to Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, after a neighbour found her unconscious with dried blood around her mouth.

She had claimed she had been punched in the chest.

Outside Southwark Coroner's Court, following the hearing, Mr Maloney, accompanied by his wife Maria, daughter Reagan and Pie 'n' Mash camera operative Lilly Starr, said: "I'm absolutely f**king mortified with the verdict. I doubt very much that we'll find the truth of what happened. My sister was taken to hospital after being punched in the chest. Within days she was found dead. The crouched position the police officer said he found her in was a defensive body shape. I want to know how she died."

The inquest heard how Miss Maloney's body was originally found by PC Jody Carson and another officer from Walworth Police at the end of her bed.

Sergeant Leigh Green, who supervised the initial investigation and insisted a full search had been carried out, said the position in which she was found was "not a space you would expect to find someone in who had been in a struggle".

He added: "There were no signs of any disturbance inside the bedroom, and no signs of forced entry."

Last year, Miss Maloney had funded her brother's documentary, Sea, Sun and Satan about horrific claims of abuse suffered at former Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne where she claimed to have been sexually abused in the 1960s.

Like her brother, she spent her youth in care homes and was a border at St Mary's Catholic Convent in Beckenham in the early 1970s.

She claimed to have been sexually abused in care and had commenced legal proceedings against Southwark and Lambeth councils in September 2001, which eventually collapsed in April, two months before her death.

Mr Maloney said: "We've had a couple of death threats over the film. So we're going to have to think about our security.

"I'm even more convinced now that there's been a cover-up over my sister's death because she funded the film Sun, Sea and Satan."

Dr Peter Jerreat confirmed in his post mortem report that the body was in such a decomposed state that "no cause of death could be ascertained" adding that there was no way of knowing how long she had been dead before she was discovered.

He said: "If I had any evidence that I thought was related to trauma I would've stopped the autopsy immediately."

In her summary, Coroner Gail Elliman said: "I appreciate this is a difficult experience for the family. But there is no evidence to suggest how Ms Maloney died.

"Given the circumstances and findings from the post mortem I can't give any other verdict than an open verdict.

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