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Brother unhappy about outcome of Denise Tomlinson inquest
A WOMAN died after collapsing suddenly at home, but her brother says he will challenge the conclusion of the coroner.
David Alexander said there were “many unanswered questions” around the death of his sister Denise Tomlinson, 63, who was found collapsed at her home in Burdyke Avenue, York, on the afternoon of February 25.
Paramedics were called to the scene by her son, and resuscitated her, restoring a pulse by the time they reached York Hospital. However, she remained in a critical condition, and she died in hospital on March 1.
In an inquest at New Earswick Folk Hall on Tuesday, coroner Donald Coverdale concluded that former driving instructor Mrs Tomlinson, who had a history of Crohn’s disease, had died of natural causes and traces of drugs, including diazepam, in Mrs Tomlinson’s body were medicinal treatment and not an overdose.
He said there was “no evidence whatsoever that either injury or poisoning contributed in any way to her death”. Mrs Tomlinson’s cause of death was given as hypoxic ischaemic brain injury, due to cardiac arrest, due to coronary atheroma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In July, The Press reported Mr Alexander’s concern that the inquest had been “rushed” in order to finish the case, and he had made a formal complaint about North Yorkshire Police’s investigation into her death.
Mr Coverdale said he was aware of concerns raised by members of Mrs Tomlinson’s family, who feared her death may not have been from natural causes. He called for examinations of samples “by the most eminent professionals” and said “the reports I have had from them are conclusive, clear and really beyond question”.
He said: “The conclusion I have reached, which addresses the concerns raised at the time, is that there was no question of any injury or poisoning contributing to Denise Tomlinson’s death.”
After the inquest, Mr Alexander said: “I and other members of my family feel our sister’s death has in no way been properly or fully investigated. There are so many unanswered questions.
“We do not accept the coroner’s conclusion as we feel there is a lot of evidence and information he is not aware of.
“I now intend to seek advice to challenge the coroner’s decision on the outcome of the inquest with the local government ombudsman.”