Inquest told LTTE suspect died of bullet wound

Sivakumar’s wife, Thuvaginy told the British court that she knew her husband had suffered dizzy episodes in the past. Speaking through a translator she said: “I hadn’t seen any but I was told by others, his mother told me and so did some of his work mates.“He never openly told me because I would worry.”She added that in Sri Lanka, he did not have access to the correct medicine. He was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street where he died two days later. Sivakumar came to London in 2001 with his wife seeking political asylum. Breaking into tears, Mrs Sivakumar told the court about the day her husband fell in the bathroom, recalling that their young daughter was home because it was the middle of the school holidays. An LTTE fighter who lived with a bullet lodged in his head for more than 10 years, died as a result of the injury, an inquest held in Britain was told.Father of one, Ramachandaran Sivakumar, 41, fell in his bathroom at his home in Melrose Avenue in Cricklewood on December 21, following a seizure, Kilburn Times reported. Back in his native Sri Lanka, he had been fighting with the secessionist group the LTTE for 13 years and he was injured on the battle field by a bullet or shrapnel in his head.The court heard that he developed epilepsy as a result. “He had to go work at 3pm so he went to the bathroom and brushed his teeth.“Then a bit later he locked the door.“Around 12 minutes later I heard he was falling down. “There was no shout.“I was screaming and shouted at my daughter to call an ambulance and I took a knife and tried to open the bathroom door,” she said.After his death, pathologist Alan Bates confirmed that there was a metal object in Mr Sivakumar’s brain.In a statement read out by deputy coroner Gail Elliman, he said: “The brain contains two foreign objects, one appears to be metallic and the other might be a bony object or other material.”He added that the metal object had a bullet-like shape, but could have also been shrapnel.Deputy Coroner Dr Elliman recorded a narrative verdict.She said: “Ramachandaran Sivakumar suffered from epilepsy as a result of an injury which was most probably caused during fighting in Sri Lanka.“On 21 December 2012, he was heard to collapse in the bathroom of his house.“He was taken to the Royal Free Hospital where his death was confirmed at 23.50 on 23rd December, with his epilepsy found to be directly related to his injury and the cause of that injury remains unknown.” read more

SMMT Open Forum event a success

Over 120 people attended SMMT’s free Open Forum event on Tuesday at Warwick University which provided a full programme of speakers from across the industry. According to feedback, presentations were very insightful, providing good and honest advice.Themes focused on the views of vehicle manufacturers’ and examined key issues relating to the UK’s automotive supply chain, automotive manufacturing and 2011 priorities for the Automotive Council. Richard Parry-Jones, Co-Chair of the Council was among the leading speakers at the event.The event was one in a series of Open Forum events offering new business opportunities for attendees.The next free event is on Wednesday 30 March at the NEC Birmingham and will focus on component and CV manufacturing. Van, truck, trailer, bus and component manufacturers and bodybuilders are invited to attend to discuss aspects of the UK’s supply chain, the work of the Automotive Council and the latest CV and Off-Road vehicle ‘Technology Road Map’.Attendees will be offered greater insight into respective manufacturing sectors through presentations from Lars Holmqvist, Chief Executive Officer, CLEPA and Neville Jackson of the Automotive Council Technology Group with industry analysis from Ian Henry, Director of AutoAnalysis and independent Analyst, Peter Symons.Paul Everitt will chair the closing Q&A session. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. To attend, contact Claire Balch cbalch@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more