Family of dead Changi inmate asks for review of decision not to re-open coroner's inquiry

The family of the inmate who died in prison in 2010 wants to challenge the Coroner's decision not to re-open an inquiry into their son's death.

In a statement released on Wednesday, through their lawyer M. Ravi of LF Violet Netto, the family of the late Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah said a hearing date had been set on Oct 16 to seek permission for a judicial review of the coroner's decision last month.

A judicial review is a process where a state administrative decision is relooked by the courts. Last month, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said that the inquiry into the inmate's death would not be reopened. A spokesman had said that the state coroner was exercising his discretion not to resume the inquiry because the cause of and circumstances connected to the death of had been placed before the court in criminal proceedings against senior prison officer Lim Kwo Yin, 36, last month.

The inquiry was discontinued after Lim pleaded guilty, and was fined $10,000 for causing death by negligence. At the time, the court heard that Dinesh, who was convicted of rioting and theft, kicked a warden in his abdomen in an unprovoked attack on Sept 27, 2010. It took eight officers - including Lim, who was the supervising officer - half an hour to restrain him. Dinesh was eventually put on the ground with his head to the side, in an isolation cell. He was left in the prone position thereby restricting the respiratory movements of his chest and abdomen.