Search

Family call for fresh inquest into death of business analyst who fell to his death

07:00 17 January 2013

Richard Chang and son Jeffrey

Richard Chang and son Jeffrey

Archant

The family of a 48-year-old business analyst who plunged to his death in Euston has called for a fresh inquest into his death after months of scandal at St Pancras Coroner’s Court.

Dr Freddy Patel was struck offDr Freddy Patel was struck off

Richard Chang fell from the fifth floor of Abbey National’s Triton Square offices in July 2004.

The coroner, Dr Andrew Reid, recorded a verdict of “suicide” after a post mortem by pathologist Dr Freddy Patel gave the cause of death as “consistent with a fall from height”.

The family has never accepted the official findings and is now redoubling its efforts to have the case reheard after Dr Reid was suspended then resigned from office last month and Dr Patel was struck off the medical register.

Mr Chang’s younger sister, Jacqueline Chang, said: “Obviously when someone dies the way my brother did and we raise those questions, everyone thinks we are making it up.

Former Coroner Dr Andrew ReidFormer Coroner Dr Andrew Reid

“When the pathologist got sacked you think, ‘Hang on a minute that’s what we have been saying all along’. And when the coroner departs as well…

“I didn’t want to still be looking into this eight years down the road, but it is in the interest of justice and we cannot get closure until these things get done properly.”

Dr Patel was struck off the medical register last year after the General Medical Council (GMC) found he had botched the post mortems of G20 protestor Ian Tomlinson and the first victim of the serial killer Anthony Hardy, the “Camden Ripper”.

A spokeswoman for the GMC could not say if it was now reviewing the post mortem which concluded that Mr Chang died from “multiple injuries”.

Dr Reid stepped down from his post as coroner for Inner North London last month following an investigation after he wrongly appointed his wife Suzanne Greenaway as deputy coroner.

Ms Greenaway, who had been assistant deputy coroner since 2009, oversaw around 12 Camden inquests including that of troubled singer Amy Winehouse, which has since been re-heard.

Mrs Chang’s solicitors have written to the Attorney General asking for a fresh inquest.

The 49-year-old, from Birmingham, has set up a pressure group, Fatal Campaign UK, to unite families who feel their loved ones’ inquests have not been carried out correctly.

Mrs Chang’s father was investigating his only son’s death until the day he died in 2010.

She said: “He [my father] was disabled towards the end and preoccupied with Richard’s death. He wanted to find out what happened to him.”

Dr Shirley Radcliffe was appointed interim coroner for Inner North London. She said: “There are no legal grounds for the case to be re-heard.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

13 minutes ago
Police in Highgate issued the warning last week. Picture: PA

Neighbourhood police in Highgate have issued a warning about suspicious activity in the area.

49 minutes ago
Rosemary Leeke speaking at Regent High opening

The headteacher at Regent High School has announced her retirement after leading the Camden school for 13 years.

14:08
Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a re-think. Picture: PA

A Montessori training centre which helps female convicts who have babies in jail has welcomed the Prime Minister’s call for a re-think into the way the prison system treats pregnant women.

12:13
Neal Wilkinson, Nick Mason, Karl Brazil, Ash Soan

Pink Floyd’s drummer was among the artists who appeared at a special workshop at Camden’s Roundhouse.

10:53
Testemonial dinner at UCS for former sports teacher Bill Jones. Pictured from left Ian Botham, Mike Brearley, Bill Jones, Mike Gatting and Clive Radley, behind MC John Fingers Fingleton and David English

Some of the best-known figures from the cricketing world gathered to pay tribute to a former Hampstead sports teacher who retired last year.

10:00
Lauderdale House. Picture: Polly Hancock

An arts and education centre is looking for new trustees to help with its ambitious £2.3million project to restore its 16th-century base.

Lara will have a bone marrow transplant in March

The desperate search for a bone marrow donor for Belsize Park woman has come to an end after a genetic match was discovered.

Yesterday, 23:21
Some of the Independent business owners who work from the units in the yard behind the former Richardsons furniture shop on Archway Road. From left Cheyne Towers (Highgate Fitness Studios), Charlie Russell and Will Grayburn (DocWorks) Paul Brown (carpenter), Leon London (founder and owner of Highgate Fitness Studios), Ian Batten (clothing), and Jo Davies (painter).

Independent craftsmen may be forced to move on after councillors voted in favour of the redevelopment of a once famous Highgate furniture store.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe