South Australia

Coronial Inquests published by the Australian, South Australian Coroner.

TAYLOR, Mervyn Maxwell

Inquest into the death of TAYLOR, Mervyn Maxwell

Mervyn Maxwell Taylor was born on 18 June 1970 and died on 17 January 2019 at his\r\nhome address. He was 48 years of age.\r\n\r\nA post mortem examination of Mr Taylor’s remains was performed by forensic\r\npathologist, Dr Stephen Wills, at Forensic Science South Australia on 21 January 2019.\r\nDr Wills’ post mortem report was tendered to the inquest.\r\n\r\nDr Wills reports that the\r\ncause of Mr Taylor’s death was atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and I so find.\r\n\r\n\r\nExamination of Mr Taylor’s coronary arteries revealed stenosis of 75-80%. Individuals\r\nwith significant narrowing of the major epicardial coronary arteries are at increased risk\r\nof cardiac dysfunction, arrhythmia and sudden, unexpected death. Toxicological\r\nanalysis revealed that Mr Taylor’s blood sample contained only a non-toxic\r\nconcentration of paracetamol.

Brian Malcolm Nitschke, Deputy State Coroner on 02/11/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/902/TAYLOR%20Mervyn%20Maxwell.pdf’

BROWN, Graham Douglas

Inquest into the death of BROWN, Graham Douglas

Mr Brown had been cared for by his daughter, Trudy Bittner, during the last three years\r\nof his life. Mr Brown initially resided with his daughter and as his health deteriorated\r\nhe was treated as an outpatient at the Repatriation General Hospital. On 11 August\r\n2017 Mr Brown was diagnosed as suffering Alzheimer’s dementia2\r\n. From September\r\n2017, he resided at Onkaparinga Lodge Aged Care Facility. Mr Brown developed\r\naggression issues3\r\n. On 28 January 2019 following an aggressive episode Mr Brown\r\nwas admitted to the Flinders Medical Centre. Tests were conducted and he was returned\r\nto Onkaparinga Lodge for one-on-one 24-hour care.

Brian Malcolm Nitschke, Deputy State Coroner on 02/11/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/895/BROWN%20Graham%20Douglas.pdf’

VELT, Hank Jakob

Inquest into the death of VELT, Hank Jakob

Hank Jakob Velt died at the Ashford Hospital, Ashford on 6 May 2016 aged 65 years.\r\nAfter admission on 29 April 2016, he had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy1 and\r\ncommenced recovery in a general ward. He suffered some post-operative\r\ncomplications including fever and shortness of breath, for which he was placed under\r\nthe care of a general physician. A suspected infection was treated with antibiotics.\r\nAfter making satisfactory progress, he was being considered for release home.

David Richard Latimer Whittle, State Coroner on 30/10/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/905/VELT%20Hank%20Jakob.pdf’

USHER, Peter Michael

Inquest into the death of USHER, Peter Michael

Peter Usher was the adopted son of Maureen and Alfred Usher. He was adopted at\r\n10 days old. Maureen Usher2 stated that she never knew her son had any mental health\r\nissues. In addition, she had only become aware that he had not been working as a result\r\nof his passing.

Deputy State Coroner on 12/10/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/889/USHER%20Peter%20Michael.pdf’

MANSVELDERS, Henri Martinus Bernardus

Inquest into the death of MANSVELDERS, Henri Martinus Bernardus

Henri Martinus Bernardus Mansvelders, known as Harry, was born on 19 May 1938\r\nand died on 17 June 2017 at Royal Adelaide Hospital on North Terrace. He was\r\n79 years of age.\r\n1.2. A ‘Death Report to Coroner – Medical Practitioner’s Deposition’ was completed by\r\nmedical intern, Dr Alexander Stevanovici. In that document Dr Stevanovici has\r\nprovided a suggested cause of death of atherosclerotic right internal carotid artery\r\nocclusion with resultant ischaemia and infraction of greater than 50% of the right\r\nmiddle cerebral artery territory.\r\n1\r\n I find that to have been the cause of Mr Mansvelders’\r\ndeath. No pathology review or post mortem was conducted and Mr Mansvelders’ death\r\nwas expected as a consequence of his stroke.

Deputy State Coroner on 12/10/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/890/MANSVELDERS%20Henri%20Martinus%20Bernardus.pdf’

KEIRL, Dennis Frank

Inquest into the death of KEIRL, Dennis Frank

Dennis Keirl had two brothers, Jeffrey and Stephen Keirl, and a sister, Susan Smith.\r\nDennis Keirl was the second youngest of the siblings. Mr Keirl was born in Adelaide\r\nand grew up in the suburb of Hillcrest.\r\n3.2. Jeffrey Keirl3\r\n, the youngest sibling, states that Dennis, Stephen and their father were all\r\ntruck drivers. At one point, they were all driving for the business that is now known as\r\nReady Mix. Jeffrey Keirl states that after his brother’s second divorce in 1997 he\r\nbecame a hermit and he did not see him again for a long time. He left the family home\r\nin Oakden and put a caravan on his work site. He lived there for the following ten\r\nyears. It is understood he worked almost every day, including weekends, and spent his\r\nprivate time smoking and drinking port.

Deputy State Coroner on 12/10/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/888/KEIRL%20Dennis%20Frank.pdf’

BABAKHANI, Sina

Inquest into the death of BABAKHANI, Sina

On 17 October 2015 police received a complaint from an acquaintance of\r\nMr Babakhani alleging she had woken up to find Mr Babakhani sexually assaulting her.\r\nOn 22 October 2015 he was arrested and charged with rape. He was remanded in\r\ncustody at the Adelaide Remand Centre. This was his first time in custody.\r\n2.3. On 11 November 2015, having spent 20 days on remand, he was released on home\r\ndetention bail to live with his father at the address in Ottoway. On 6 January 2016,\r\nwhilst on home detention, he was arrested and charged with an alleged aggravated\r\nassault at West Lakes Shopping Centre. On that occasion it was alleged he grabbed a\r\nchild by the arm. Mr Babakhani was not authorised to be at the West Lakes Shopping\r\nCentre and was remanded into custody at Yatala Labour Prison.

Deputy State Coroner on 12/10/2020

‘http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/CoronersFindings/Lists/Coroners%20Findings/Attachments/887/BABAKHANI%20Sina.pdf’