Amy Winehouse Inquest 'Could Be Declared Illegal'
Concerns have been raised over the coroner's qualifications...
The inquest into Amy Winehouse's death may be declared illegal after issues concerning the coroner's qualifications have been raised.
According to The Sun, Suzanne Greenaway - who recorded that the Rehab singer died of alcohol poisoning last year - had been given the role of assistant deputy coroner by her husband, despite not having the relevant experience.
Officials have now confirmed that she has quit, with the newspaper reporting that Greenaway resigned in November 2011 after it was alleged that she did not meet the strict rules enforced by the governing the appointment of coroners.
Rules state that she could only land the role if she had been in the Law Society as a solicitor for at least five years, but Greenaway had only joined two-and-half-years before getting the job.
She was also required to have five years as a "qualified medical practitioner" under her belt, but allegations suggest she only qualified as a nurse in her home country Australia, where she worked as a lawyer.
The news means Winehouse's inquest could be deemed illegal, as well as 30 or so other inquests carried out by Greenaway. Officials have since said this will only happen if challenged by the High Court.
An investigation has also been launched into the conduct of Suzanne's hubby, Inner North London Coroner Dr Andrew Scott Reid, who said last night (31st January): "In November it became apparent I'd made an error in the appointment process.
"While I am confident that all of the inquests handled were done so correctly, I apologise if this matter causes distress."
Tragic Amy was found dead at her flat in Camden, North London on 23rd July 2011. She was just 27-years old.