Belfast Telegraph

Pensioner who died after operation in Royal Victoria Hospital was not sexually assaulted: coroner

By Victoria O'Hara

The family of an 83-year-old woman who died in hospital after undergoing surgery for a broken ankle have spoken of their "relief" after a post mortem revealed she was not subjected to a sexual assault.

A second post mortem was carried out on Margaret Glendinning after allegations emerged she may have been sexually assaulted while in hospital.

The family from Carrickfergus said they were told that the results indicated there was no evidence of an assault.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: "Detectives have completed their enquiries into the concern raised and relevant parties have been informed of the outcome.

"No further lines of enquiry are being pursued."

The pensioner died last Saturday evening in the Royal Victoria Hospital some 48 hours after her nephew voiced major concerns about her receiving a "sub-standard" level of care.

An initial post mortem indicated Margaret had died of multiple organ failure and septicemia, and had been diagnosed as having a bug called 'ESBL'.

While carrying out its own investigation, the Coroner's Office contacted the police to investigate the death. Her nephew Gordon Potsworth (49) said they are "incredibly relieved".

"We were so worried about what could have happened to our aunt. We were all relieved by this."

"The police and coroner's office have been very supportive throughout all of this," he said.

Mr Potsworth added: "We still have questions surrounding how my aunt was treated."

A spokeswoman for the Belfast Trust said: "We would like to offer sincere condolences to the family of Margaret Glendinning.

She added: "We cannot discuss any patient's treatment or care," and offered the family a private meeting with a senior clinician.

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