Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Probe Ordered into Grandad's Death

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Probe Ordered into Grandad's Death

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Byline: By Matt Casey

Pills given to sedate a pensioner in an old folk's home may have led to his death.

After an inquest heard fresh medical evidence a coroner has called for a new probe into the death of Fred Brown, 86.

A South African nurse was questioned then released over the death.

But now prosecutors have been asked to look again at the drugs doses given.

The inquest was halted after hearing medical opinion that a large dose of sedative given to him may have led to his death.

The 59-year-old nurse at the centre of the inquiry had her passport removed while police carried out the initial investigation but was then free to leave the country after advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

The inquiry into Mr Brown's death centred around the treatment he received at independent residential home The Hollies at Pinewoods, Winlaton, Gateshead, before his death in hospital.

Today Mr Brown's daughter Christina Bailey, from Blaydon, said: "What has happened is a bit of a shock but we have always wanted to get to the bottom of this and this might help.

"We have never been happy with the decision of the CPS.

"That decision tied everyone's hands, especially the police who investigated our father's death.

"We as a family have always thought that too much of the sedative was given to our father and that contributed to his death."

Gateshead coroner Terence Carney said: "This medical opinion is a matter that should be reviewed by the CPS and I will be writing to them.

"It may be proper for them to organise a conference between the CPS, the scientists and the doctors.

"I must adjourn and pass it back to the authorities. They need to consider this issue and more research needs to be done."

The inquest was told retired publican Mr Brown, who had five children, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, had been in poor health for three years. …

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