Page last updated at 19:55 GMT, Monday, 20 April 2009 20:55 UK

Post-mortem call over G20 death

Ian Tomlinson
Ian Tomlinson died after he was pushed over by an officer

A third post-mortem has been ordered into the death of Ian Tomlinson, who died during a G20 protest on 1 April.

The 47-year-old newspaper seller was first thought to have died of a heart attack, and then of abdominal bleeding after he was pushed to the ground.

While it is not known who asked for a new post-mortem, the policeman at the centre of the allegations does have the right to request an examination.

He has already been interviewed under caution on suspicion of manslaughter.

The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said a request for another post-mortem examination was not unexpected or surprising in a case where there is a dispute about the cause of death.

Officer suspended

The first examination of Mr Tomlinson's body, carried out by Dr Freddy Patel, concluded Mr Tomlinson had diseased heart and liver and a substantial amount of blood in the abdominal cavity.

That post-mortem was carried out at the request of City of London police.

But a subsequent post-mortem examination, carried out at the request of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Mr Tomlinson's family, found that the cause of death was abdominal haemorrhage.

The cause of the haemorrhage remains to be ascertained.

The Coroner's Court has stressed that both the opinions remain provisional and subject to further investigations and tests.

The officer at the centre of the allegations has been suspended from duty while investigations continue.



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