The following report extracted from the Irish publication The PHOENIX – David, Blogmaster
THE DEATH on December 30 of 40 year old Emma McManus, daughter-in-law of zillionaire JP McManus, in the exclusive Caribbean Sandy Lane resort, reverberated around the super rich circles in Barbados as well as back home in Ireland.
Confusion was the order of the day and the memorial service initially planned take place at the start of January was deferred until the following week. Now the inquest is putting the tragedy back under the spotlight, featuring disputed references to alleged cocaine use.
Emma was married John Paul McManus, son of the Geneva based tax exile JP, who found himself giving evidence at inquest in Barbados yesterday – an experience that proved predictably intrusive. As reported in the local Daily Nation newspaper, John McManus had to deny that he told the office of coroner Graveney Bannister in a telephone call, allegedly made shortly after the death of Emma, that they had been doing “a little cocaine”.
McManus confirmed there had been a party at their Sandy Lane property but denied he had told the official at the coroner’s office that any cocaine had been taken, also rebutting a claim that he had a convenient memory. When asked if he was claiming that Bannister was “making it all up”, McManus suggested the coroner had misheard him and also said he “would happily take a test for it”.
The inquest also heard that there was a dispute about calls allegedly made asking how quickly Emma McManus’s body could be released for burial, with John McManus denying he had repeatedly telephoned the coroner: “We were in a state of grieving and people were eager for answers, so it wasn’t me that did anything”.
His statement to the police, which was read into evidence by Sergeant Robert Jones, said the Emma McManus had left Sandy Lane’s Monkey Bar around 11.30pm on December 29 to return to the house, while her husband was taken home around 4am and put on the couch to sleep.
In the morning, he found his wife dead in the bed and she was rushed to Sandy Crest hospital. McManus’s statement concluded, “She was not smoking anything and I don’t know if she was taking any narcotics.”
The inquest has been adjourned until next month, when the toxicology report is to be read to the court.
This new type face is silly.
Lawson is really a bad influence..
Made this comment before
Looking at the BajAn women that are usually in Barbados today and they are all looking marvellous.
Looking at the men and some need a touch-up. Tempted to return and set up shop and give the guys some help.
However, some of the male politicians seem to be blossoming; their suits are becoming too tight. Saw a fellow in a blue suit and the middle button is under extreme pressure. Good eating???
Other blogs are a bit too serious for me with spinning top in mud discussions.
Then we have a guy who seem to suggest that Baarbadians are drinking wastewater which contains covid-19. If that was true, we would not be talking of community spread, it would be national spread.
Saw where some want to bring tourists to the island and then vaccinate them. Not be a good idea, unless the whole island is vaccinated or we have herd immunity.
We were on top, but slackness gave covid-19 the upper hand. Now that we begin to make good headway, we planning to reintroduce covid-19 and it’s variant to the island again.
ac must be smiling and waiting. Going to call our covid-19 policy Lazarus policy. Every time the horse die, we find a way to give it life.
Well, let me take a victory lap…. CXC- called it right from Day 1 and my attention span was longer than 30 seconds.
@Hants February 6, 2021 11:37 AM “Is it ” legal ” to have a private coroner’s inquest in Barbados ?”
Depends on who you are.
Depends on if you have a heavy, heavy pocket.
Depends on if you can afford to hire “pit-bull” lawyers
“The fixed date claim is alleging a number of irregularities, including that the Coroner’s…that it was unnecessary…The attorneys had further asked that the inquest be stopped permanently since they argue that Emma McManus’ death was found to be as a result of natural causes.”
Really strange words.
I shudda gone to law school.
I should be rich, rich, rich, rich, rich, rich.
Question: Since inquests are designed to ask hard, hard questions and find TRUTHFUL answers in other words attempts to find out ‘wha’ really happen here?’ how does the public know that “Emma McManus’ death was found to be as a result of natural causes.” since the inquest has not yet been completed.
In any event I expect that few people believe that Emma McManus’ death was [found to be] as a result of natural causes.
Based on the report there is a precedent for a private hearing.
Who cares? I have no interest in whether some rich Irishwoman took cocaine and died. We all know that many rich people take cocaine and die. So stupid to try and hide the truth. I pity the fool. He has more money than is good for him.
For all his money he does not sound as happy as I am. All I need is good music and a good book. Good Windies cricket would be icing on the cake. No need for cigarettes, drugs or alcohol even. No wild parties or orgies. I have fun watching bees, butterflies, ladybirds and birds in my garden.
I pity him and his children. They are obviously in need of parents who just enjoy being their parents. I enjoyed raising my son and still feel I missed a few steps. Cannot wait for grandchildren to play with.
Would not trade places at all, at all.
Rich people drink too much coco tea.
Your opinion, this your opinion