Former ME's actions anger family
Published Monday, April 9, 2012 5:03PM MDT
Another family is coming forward, disgusted with the work of former pathologist Dr. Michael Belenky.
Charlotte Shaw's sister Angela was murdered and she says the mistakes Belenky made in the autopsy have been almost as difficult on her family as the crime itself.
Angela's killer is a young offender.
He pled guilty to killing her with a knife and an axe, and is serving his sentence in Alberta Hospital.
Charlotte was trying to put the devastating details behind her when a familiar name started to appear in news reports.
She remembers the Calgary pathologist who performed her sister's autopsy.
Charlotte describes his process as stressful and disorganized, with the pathologist himself calling her again and again to ask her to gather information, like dental records.
"It was very stressful. It was a lot of phone calls. I probably explained what happened 100 times in the first week," she recalls
When Charlotte heard of another botched Belenky autopsy, she asked Alberta justice to review Angela's case.
The findings shocked her.
Edmonton's Chief Medical Examiner performed a second autopsy on her sister and found obvious errors in Belenky's autoposy.
Belenky's report indicated Angela wore white underwear. She wore a turquoise thong.
He missed a quilt and pieces of tape the body was wrapped in.
And what disgusted Charlotte the most was that Belenky wrote the axe injury to Angela's head was on the left side, when it was clearly on the right.
The second autopsy does note that the mistakes are not enough to change the outcome of the murder case.
But Charlotte feels they're so obvious they show a lack of care
"I feel like she was a tax paying citizen, and it's horrifying to me that someone in this position of trust could make any mistake, even a spelling mistake. She was just treated like a joke."
Belenky is no longer registered to practice medicine in Alberta and hasn't responded to attempts to reach him.