Suffolk coroner apologises to family for DNA sample ‘mistake’

Beacon House in Ipswich where the inquest was held. Picture: Jason Noble

Beacon House in Ipswich where the inquest was held. Picture: Jason Noble - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk coroner has apologised to the family of a Elmswell man whose identification was delayed after his death due to a ‘mistake’ with sending a DNA sample.

An inquest was held yesterday into the death of Anthony Redit, 74, of Church Road, who died on October 18 last year.

During the inquest, Suffolk area coroner Nigel Parsley apologised to the family after a DNA sample from Mr Redit’s son, which was needed to positively identify his body, was not sent to forensic scientists.

“I want to record an apology,” he said.

“I have raised my concerns with our staff.


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“It was unacceptable and should not have happened.

“A mistake had been made and my understanding is that it hadn’t been sent.”

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Mr Redit’s body was discovered in a field in Church Road in Tostock.

Mr Parsley concluded he had died as a result of suicide.

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