The coronial inquest into the death of a pit bull that was left for dead on a Sydney street has been told a coronial investigation is necessary to find the cause of death.
Key points:Tarrant coroner says he wants to establish if pit bull owner’s death was a result of negligence or an accidentSource: ABC News, Tarrant Coroner’s CourtKey pointsThe dog’s owner, Michael O’Keefe, died after being hit by a car in January 2016Tarrants coroner says pit bull’s owner Michael O.
Keene died from a fall after being struck by a vehicle in January last yearHe said he believed the owner was “absolutely devastated” by the death and “completely shocked” by itThe coroner, Peter Capp, said he wanted to establish whether O’Keene’s death had been a result and an accident.
“We’re going to want to establish the circumstances of what happened and what caused the dog to fall and, in the event of an accident, we will determine whether it was negligent or an accidental accident,” he said.
Mr Capp said a coroner would also be “very interested” in the cause and manner of death of the dog, who was left to die in a pool of his own vomit after being injured by a truck driver in January.
Mr O’Reilly’s death has shocked many in the pit bull community, but his wife is also distraught about the coroner’s decision.
“I’ve always felt for the family that the coroner should look at what happened, and what happened to their dog, and he has no idea how it happened,” she said.
“There’s a lot of unanswered questions and he’s going to have to look at that.”
It’s just a tragedy for us all.
“A week before her husband’s death, the couple had just celebrated their third child and planned to celebrate their birthday with a barbecue.”
Michael had a fantastic career as a paramedic and he was a really good father to his son,” she told ABC News Breakfast.”
He had a great heart, so he would have done anything to help anybody.
“Mr OReilly died after he was hit by an unknown driver in his car, while the dog had fallen into the road.
A day after the accident, Ms O’Kelly, who has three other children, told the ABC her husband was “a gentle soul” and had been married for 30 years.”
My husband was always really supportive and kind, he was so warm, so funny and loved animals,” she added.”
The way he died he had a broken jaw, a broken nose, the teeth had broken and he died in agony.
“They put the dog down and took a few minutes and put her in a shallow grave in the backyard.”
Mr Capps said the dog’s death would be investigated “very seriously” and that he hoped an inquest would be held.
“Our job as coronial investigators is to determine if there is a case of negligence, negligence or a collision, and that’s why we want to do the coronial inquiry,” he told ABC Breakfast.