Nursing home case adjourned

A CORONIAL inquest into the death of a man at a Bundaberg nursing home has been adjourned because new information about the death led to another police investigation.

Kenneth John McMurtrie, 55, died at Gracehaven Nursing Home on November 29, 2008.

The inquest into his death opened in Bundaberg Coroners Court in November last year.

It was ordered after Coroner Jennifer Batts was unable to reconcile the differences in medical reports written by pathologist Rosemary Ashby and Dr Kennelene Pagel, who treated Mr McMurtrie.

During the first day of the inquest last year, Sergeant Barry Stevens handed over 11 items to the coroner, including an autopsy and toxicology report, an amended autopsy report, a death certificate and two three-page statements from Gracehaven nurses.

He said, at that time, he was there to assist the coroner to find out the truth about what happened to Mr McMurtrie.

Sergeant Stevens told the court yesterday, during the second day of the inquest, that another police investigation into the case had started.

“A number of persons are still being spoken to,” he said.

“The scope of the investigation has widened.”

Coroner Batts said she would adjourn the case to the court’s registry, so it could be opened again after the police investigation was completed.

The police prosecutor said the coroner would receive monthly updates about the progress until it was able to be heard in the court.



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