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Inquest into Newry pupil's death adjourned

The inquest into the sudden death of a Newry schoolboy has been adjourned at the last minute (stock photo)
The inquest into the sudden death of a Newry schoolboy has been adjourned at the last minute (stock photo)

By Donal McMahon

The inquest into the sudden death of a Newry schoolboy has been adjourned at the last minute.

Former Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar student Johnny Shields was pronounced dead at Daisy Hill Hospital on November 11, 2017, from penetrating head injuries. The 14-year-old, son of Declan and Kate Shields, from Creggan Road in Mountnorris, was a fourth year student.

School principal Sean Sloan was in attendance as a witness in the case at the Craigavon courthouse inquest yesterday.

But Coroner Suzanne Anderson said she was adjourning the case "with regret" despite the attendance of witnesses.

She said: "Unfortunately, following discussions, I will not be able to proceed today. Further information into the case has been brought forward yesterday at the last minute.

"In the interests of the family, the courts and everyone, I will adjourn the case. I will have the case listed soon as possible."

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