April 23rd, 2011

There’s a rule for that

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of police & poling will know there are policies & procedures for everything, and not following them may leave your arse hanging out to dry, no matter how barmy or wasteful the policy is.

When the Met discovered the headless body of a male in a river in Wimbledon last year, they found the body to be badly decomposed, full of maggots & missing a head.

Police officers are experts in several things, the criminal law & drunkeness for instance, but they are not experts in medical matters. They therefore are unable to say that a decomposed headless person is dead.

So despite the bleeding obvious, the Met called in a  doctor to attend the scene so the doctor could say that life was extinct. God forbid they get it wrong & they take a live headless body to the mortuary, just think if the civil litigation costs if they got it wrong.

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4 comments

  1. bill says:

    Was the Doctor a specialist on headless bodies?

    Room for a second opinion, I think.

    April 23rd, 2011 at 22:44

  2. fastbecomingcynical says:

    Unfortunately it’s a coroners requirement. Headless, Rigor Mortis or a skeleton it’s still a requirement of a death certificate for death to be confirmed by a medical professional

    April 23rd, 2011 at 23:12

  3. johnm says:

    Yes.
    But it MAY have been a politician taking a swim.
    Headless or not, it is so hard to tell if they’re in the world of the living.

    April 24th, 2011 at 04:28

  4. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    reminds me of a ‘true’ court story…

    “So, Doctor you performed the Post-Mortem examination of Mr Jones?”, said the Lawyer out to make a name for himself.

    “Yes.”

    “And you were quite sure he was dead?’

    “Err… yes of course”

    “You hesitated then, are you absolutely sure?’

    “Yes.”

    “How so?”

    “His brain was in a jar on the mortician’s table awaiting preparation.”

    “Ahh… so, would you say it was possible, even though it was highly unlikely, he may still be alive?”

    “Mmm…”, the Doctor rubbed his beard, “I suppose he may be practicing law somewhere”

    “No further questions” (to the sounds of ALL the court staff now in uproar…

    April 28th, 2011 at 13:27

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