Boxer death appeal

The late Darren Sutherland.
The late Darren Sutherland.

A Derry lawyer representing the family of an Irish boxer found dead in his London flat more than two years ago has issued a new appeal for information.

The inquest into the death of Darren Sutherland is due to begin at Croydon Coroners Court in London on Monday.

Darren, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was found dead in his London flat in September 2009.

At the time, it was reported as a suicide but the Sutherland family have always said there are unanswered questions about the 27-year-old’s unexpected death.

The inquest, which will open in front of Coroner Dr. R. Palmer, is scheduled to last a week. The Sutherland family will be represented by Michael Topolski QC instructed by James Evans (Dublin) and Desmond J Doherty (Derry).

Darren was found hanging in his London flat by his manager Frank Maloney on September 14, 2009.

In 2010, Darren’s body was exhumed and a second autopsy took place after concerns were raised by senior pathologist Professor Jack Crane as to the exact circumstances of the death. At the time, Professor Crane, the North’ State pathologist, was scathing about the original autopsy.

Des Doherty says it is “still not too late” for people to come forward with information.

He said: “The family would like to hear from anyone who may have information relevant to Darren’s death or who may have had contact with him in the days prior to his death. There are issues that the family feel still have to be resolved and even at this late stage we want to hear from anyone who may be able to shed light on the tragic circumstances of Darren’s death.”

Mr. Doherty can be contacted at his office on Tel: 02871 288870.