Ballymun, Dublin: Rachel Peavoy’s Family Call For Public Inquiry Into Her Death From Hypothermia In Council Flat

7 Apr

UPDATE: See comments.

LINK  TO ONLINE PETITION:

http://www.petitiononline.com/jaderyan/petition.html

A PUBLIC inquiry has been called for in the case of a young mother-of-two who died of hypothermia.

There was a round of applause at Dublin City Coroner’s Court as Dr Ciaran Craven, counsel for Rachel Peavoy’s family, said an inquiry is needed as “this was a young woman, who has left two orphaned children, who froze to death in Dublin”.

Rachel Peavoy, 30, of Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9, was found dead in her flat on January 11. Pathologist Anthony Dorman, a consultant histopathologist at Beaumont Hospital, said cause of death was hypothermia.

There were emotional scenes at the inquest as a verdict of death by misadventure was read out.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said he was giving a verdict of misadventure as a legal verdict of accidental death “would be too simplistic”.

Dr Farrell said: “I’m accepting the cause of death as hypothermia even though new evidence would indicate the apartment wasn’t freezing.”

Ms Peavoy’s uncle Michael Duffy said: “It’s impossible to die of hypothermia if the heating is working — it’s not logic.”

At the inquest, Inspector Andrew Waters of Ballymun Garda station said he was very disappointed that comments he made about windows in Ms Peavoy’s flat were misrepresented in court. Dr Farrell adjourned an earlier inquest after Donal Barron, Ballymun, area housing manager, said he was told by Inspector Waters that the windows were open in the flat at the time of Ms Peavoy’s death.

Referring to the issue yesterday, Insp Waters said: “It was a very informal conversation based on hearsay… I said the windows may or may not have been open. I also said that the investigating officer Garda Catriona Byrne had no record of the windows being opened or closed in her notebook.

“I am very disappointed selected parts of an informal conversation I had been misrepresented in court. I was asked what I knew about the death of Rachel Peavoy. I explained I knew nothing of the specifics,” he added.

Ms Peavoy’s friend Jacqueline Johnson told the inquest she opened the windows. Ms Johnson and Ms Peavoy’s sister Leontia had let themselves into Ms Peavoy’s flat after they after they couldn’t make contact with her.

 A PUBLIC inquiry has been called for in the case of a young mother-of-two who died of hypothermia.

There was a round of applause at Dublin City Coroner’s Court as Dr Ciaran Craven, counsel for Rachel Peavoy’s family, said an inquiry is needed as “this was a young woman, who has left two orphaned children, who froze to death in Dublin”.

Rachel Peavoy, 30, of Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9, was found dead in her flat on January 11. Pathologist Anthony Dorman, a consultant histopathologist at Beaumont Hospital, said cause of death was hypothermia.

There were emotional scenes at the inquest as a verdict of death by misadventure was read out.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said he was giving a verdict of misadventure as a legal verdict of accidental death “would be too simplistic”.

Dr Farrell said: “I’m accepting the cause of death as hypothermia even though new evidence would indicate the apartment wasn’t freezing.”

Ms Peavoy’s uncle Michael Duffy said: “It’s impossible to die of hypothermia if the heating is working — it’s not logic.”

At the inquest, Inspector Andrew Waters of Ballymun Garda station said he was very disappointed that comments he made about windows in Ms Peavoy’s flat were misrepresented in court. Dr Farrell adjourned an earlier inquest after Donal Barron, Ballymun, area housing manager, said he was told by Inspector Waters that the windows were open in the flat at the time of Ms Peavoy’s death.

Referring to the issue yesterday, Insp Waters said: “It was a very informal conversation based on hearsay… I said the windows may or may not have been open. I also said that the investigating officer Garda Catriona Byrne had no record of the windows being opened or closed in her notebook.

“I am very disappointed selected parts of an informal conversation I had been misrepresented in court. I was asked what I knew about the death of Rachel Peavoy. I explained I knew nothing of the specifics,” he added.

Ms Peavoy’s friend Jacqueline Johnson told the inquest she opened the windows. Ms Johnson and Ms Peavoy’s sister Leontia had let themselves into Ms Peavoy’s flat after they after they couldn’t make contact with her.

NEWS UPDATE:

There were angry scenes following the inquest into the death of Ballymun woman who died of hypothermia when a verdict of misadventure found.

 Rachel Peavoy - Call for a public inquiry
Rachel Peavoy – Call for a public inquiry

There were angry scenes following the inquest into the death of Ballymun woman who died of hypothermia when a verdict of misadventure found.

30-year-old Rachel Peavoy of Shangan, who was a single mother of two boys, died during snowy weather on 11 January 2010.

Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell heard that detenanting of other flats in Ms Peavoy’s block could have caused heat loss in her flat.

In recording his verdict, Dr Farrell said he was asking Dublin City Council to review its procedures for detenanting and regeneration.

But he cited the evidence of a friend of Ms Peavoy, Jacqueline Johnson, who discovered the body and made a new statement recently denying that the flat was cold.

He said the heating supply to the flat had not been cut off by Dublin City Council.

But relatives and friends of the dead woman protested and shouted out ‘shame on the corporation’ and applauded a call for a public inquiry.

Dr Farrell said there were risk factors in Ms Peavoy’s death, including the fact that she had wet hair – apparently following a bath – and was on medication that could have left her less sensitive to cold.

Peavoy inquest hears windows were open

Inquest hears Dublin woman died of hypothermia

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2 Responses to “Ballymun, Dublin: Rachel Peavoy’s Family Call For Public Inquiry Into Her Death From Hypothermia In Council Flat”

  1. emma 1AprilJ2011 at 5:46 pm #

    could people please sign petition a public inqyiry is needed into Rachels death.

  2. emma 1AprilJ2011 at 5:50 pm #

    http://www.petitiononline.com/jaderyan/petition.html here is the website address to sign thanks

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