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Inquest into death of Newry schoolboy Johnny Shields 'before end of year'

An inquest into the sudden death of a Newry schoolboy will take place before the end of the year, a coroner has said
An inquest into the sudden death of a Newry schoolboy will take place before the end of the year, a coroner has said

By Donal McMahon

An inquest into the sudden death of a Newry schoolboy will take place before the end of the year, a coroner has said.

Johnny Shields (14) was pronounced dead at Daisy Hill hospital on November 6 2017 from head injuries.

The young boy, from Creggan Road in Mountnorris, was a fourth year student at Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School in Newry.

A preliminary inquest hearing was held in Belfast yesterday afternoon.

The Abbey CBS was represented by solicitor Gerard Trainor, who put forward a statement to the coroner's court from the school principal Sean Sloan.

A statement from the deceased's mother was also handed in to the proceedings. No details were disclosed in open session.

Contact with a now retired school teacher is outstanding and will be required to be competed in the next 14 days, the hearing was told.

No witnesses or family members were in attendance at the preliminary hearing other than a representative of the Southern Trust.

At the time the Abbey board of governors, staff and pupils expressed their deep regret following the sudden death of Johnny Shields.

The full inquest is expected to last two days when it commences later this year.

Coroner Ms Suzanne Anderson adjourned the inquest to be listed at "some time between September and Christmas".

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