Bannister hands down decision in Warren Mottley inquest

Gross negligence by the doctors who were involved in the care of Warren Mottley.

That was the decision of Coroner Graveney Bannister moments ago as he gave his decision in the inquest into Mottley’s death.

In an hour and half decision, Magistrate Bannister said having reviewed the evidence – taken over six months – he found there was a failure to diagnose or misdiagnose and a failure to treat the infection.

“It was breach of duty which gave rise to an obvious and egregious risk of death. The conduct was egregious . . . It was a gross dereliction of care. Looking at the evidence and looking at the parties involved in the care of Warren Mottley, I find the conduct of Dr [Sahle] Griffith and Dr [Nigel] Farnum was so bad in all the circumstances it would amount to a criminal act and omission and it was grossly negligent and concerned in the cause of his death.”

Mottley, the brother of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, died on June 29, 2021.

The decision was witnessed by Warren’s mother Amor Lady Mottley and his sister Elan.

Dr Griffith, his wife and his father were also present.

Sir Elliott Mottley KC who was not present, as well as Queen’s Counsel Leslie Haynes, Senior Attorney Douglas Mendes and attorneys Stewart Mottley and Faye Finisterre appeared for the Mottley family.

The law firm of Carrington and Sealy represented by attorney Francis De Peiza as well as King’s Counsel Michael Lashley and attorney Sade Harris represented the two doctors involved in the matter.

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