In­quests into Egypt ho­tel deaths to open next week

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

The in­quests into the deaths of a Bri­tish cou­ple who died on a Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt will be opened next week. John and Su­san Cooper, from Burn­ley, Lan­cashire, died on 21 Au­gust while stay­ing at the Steigen­berger Aqua Magic ho­tel in Hurghada.

Their daugh­ter, Kelly Ormerod, has said she has “no faith” in the Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties, which re­ported that E coli bac­te­ria killed her par­ents. The in­quests will be opened at Pre­ston coro­ner’s court on 18 Septem­ber.

A Home Of­fice pathol­o­gist be­gan ex­am­in­ing the bod­ies on Thurs­day. Dr James Ade­ley, se­nior coro­ner for Lan­cashire, warned it may take sev­eral months to an­a­lyse the find­ings.

Egypt’s chief prose­cu­tor Na­bil Sadek said this week that foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions showed John Cooper, 69, suf­fered acute in­testi­nal dysen­tery caused by E coli, and Su­san Cooper, a 63-year-old Thomas Cook em­ployee, suf­fered a com­pli­ca­tion linked to in­fec­tion, likely to have been caused by E coli.

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