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Winehouse coroner suspended

The coroner who appointed his unqualified wife to preside over late singer Amy Winehouse's inquest has been suspended from his job while an investigation takes place.

Dr. Andrew Scott Reid's partner Suzanne Greenaway recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, stating the Rehab hitmaker died as an "unintended consequence" of drinking too much alcohol when she passed away last July (11).

However, it was revealed earlier this month (Feb12) that Greenaway had resigned from her job within weeks of handing down the Winehouse verdict as questions about her qualifications came to light.

Greenaway was found to have been in breach of the strict guidelines regarding the appointment of coroners as she had only been a solicitor in the Law Society for two-and-a-half years, instead of the usual five, while she had only qualified as a nurse in her native Australia.

Now a Ministry of Justice investigation has been launched to look into how she was appointed to the job in the first place.

Reid could face disciplinary action or even lose his job altogether when the probe is complete, reports Britain's The Sun.

A representative from the Judicial Complaints Office states, "Dr. Reid has been suspended pending an investigation. We cannot comment further."

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