A senior doctor from Leeds was being investigated by police over an incident on a family holiday before he died suddenly, an inquest heard.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Saturday, consultant anaesthetist Kevin Johnston, who worked at Leeds General Infirmary, was on bail having been arrested by West Yorkshire Police on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.
He died at Southport District General Hospital in Merseyside on Monday, August 19, after being taken ill two days ealier.
At the opening of his inquest at Sefton Coroner’s Court, coroner Christopher Sumner heard Mr Johnston, 40, who was originally from Southport but was living in Otley with his wife, had been staying with his mother and brother at their home in Southport. A statement read in court said: “He was subject of an investigation run by West Yorkshire Police following a reported police incident in Turkey while he was on holiday with his family.”
Mr Johnston was found seriously ill on August 17 after his mother and brother returned from his family home in Otley. Despite “maximum treatment” he died in hospital two days later.
The inquest heard there was thought to be no “third party involvement”.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which received a referral from West Yorkshire Police, has referred the matter back to the force.
The inquest was adjourned.