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Pathologist in G20 inquest admits there was a “compelling association” between push by policeman and heart attack

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2459
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Freddy Patel, the pathologist who concluded that newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson died of natural causes at the anti-G20 summit protest on 1 April 2009, has told the London inquest into the death that he changed his postmortem report a year after he produced it.

Dr Patel’s first report, dated 6 April 2009, was produced before amateur video footage came to light, a week after the death, which showed Mr Tomlinson being struck on the leg with a baton and pushed to the ground by a police constable. The report found that the death was consistent with natural causes because Mr Tomlinson had coronary artery disease and could have died at any time.

Dr Patel …

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