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Tomlinson study 'kept from coroner'

The results of a third post-mortem examination into the death of Ian Tomlinson are reportedly being withheld from the coroner.

The examination was carried out on behalf of the police officer who pushed Mr Tomlinson shortly before he collapsed in the street and died at the G20 protests in central London.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the coroner have not seen the report because it is being withheld by the officer's lawyers, citing legal privilege.

The CPS said it had not been handed a copy of the report by Ben Swift as it was commissioned by the officer's legal team, so they were "not entitled to see it".

But City of London coroner Paul Matthews is understood to be seeking a copy.

On Tuesday, he defended his decision to use controversial pathologist Freddy Patel in the first post-mortem examination.

In a statement at a pre-inquest review hearing, Mr Matthews said he was unaware of any disciplinary proceedings against the doctor when he instructed him to carry out a "routine" examination.

The pathologist - described by the family of Mr Tomlinson as an "obstacle to the truth" - was suspended by the General Medical Council last week after findings of misconduct or deficient professional performance relating to three earlier post-mortems.

Dr Patel concluded Mr Tomlinson died of natural causes but his competency was called into question when two other pathologists agreed that the 47-year-old, who was an alcoholic, died as a result of internal bleeding, probably from his diseased liver, after falling on his elbow.

Defending his decision to use Dr Patel on the afternoon of April 2, 2009, Mr Matthews said the pathologist "regularly attended" the St Pancras mortuary, where the examination took place, and said Dr Patel was "a fully registered medical practitioner and was also on the Home Office list of accredited forensic pathologists".

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