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Media put out of Coroner’s inquest


Heather-Lynn Evanson

Media put out of Coroner’s inquest

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Lawyers for Irish millionaire John Paul McManus have succeeded in getting the Coroner’s inquest into his wife Emma McManus’ death heard behind closed doors.

Yesterday, members of the media were put out the No. 8 Supreme Court after attorney Maya Carrington stridently objected to their presence.

She referred to a High Court decision by Justice Shona Griffith who, she said, ruled that the inquest in the woman’s death at her palatial Sandy Lane Estate home should be held in camera.

Coroner Magistrate Graveney Bannister, who is hearing the inquest, later told members of the media that in light of the High Court judge’s ruling that the matter should be heard in camera, “I am of the view that out of an abundance of caution, to err on the side of caution, I will ask you to excuse yourselves”.

The development came after Carrington and fellow attorney Satcha Kissoon had made an urgent application in an attempt to halt the inquest proceedings as a toxicology report and the autopsy report on Emma McManus’ body were due to be read into evidence. (HLE)

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