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Family of Cong man turns to GSOC over his death


Inquest into death of Henry Byrne (30) adjourned

Anton McNultyThe inquest into the death of a 30-year-old Cong man has been adjourned following a complaint to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
Henry Byrne of Main Street, Cong, died last October in tragic circumstances. His body was found at a house in the Springfield area of Castlebar.
The inquest into his death was adjourned yesterday until November after the coroner for south Mayo, John O’Dwyer, acceded to an adjournment to facilitate the completion of a GSOC investigation, should one be undertaken.
Mr James Charity, BL representing the family of Mr Byrne, told the opening of the inquest that the family has concerns about the initial Garda investigation into his death, and had made a complaint to GSOC, the body tasked with independently overseeing policing in Ireland.
The family is also seeking an independent review of the postmortem, to be conducted by an independent forensic pathologist, Dr Karl Grey.
Mr Charity said that the original consultant pathologist at Mayo General Hospital, Dr Tomas Nemeth, was still in possession of photographs of the original postmortem, and that Dr Nemeth had indicated to the family that he had no difficulty releasing them for an independent postmortem.
Mr O’Dwyer explained that if the family sought an exhumation of the body, they would have to apply to Mayo County Council, as he does not grant exhumations.
Mr Charity said he has not received instructions on the matter but that he believed that if the independent pathologist were presented with the photographs, an exhumation would not be necessary.