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Widow gets poison pen letter after husband dies in hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:01 10 November 2011

Widow Linda Garcia

Widow Linda Garcia

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»A widow has described the anguish she endured after receiving an anonymous letter claiming her husband, who died during a routine heart operation, was killed deliberately.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Straker recorded that Bernard Garcia, 74, from Bexleyheath, died from “recognised complications during a necessary medical procedure”, at Southwark Coroner’s Court last Friday.

Two months after his death on May 5, 2010, widow Linda Garcia, 59, from Greenwich, received a malicious letter claiming he died as a result of an “experiment”.

Mr Garcia was admitted to hospital to have an artificial tube inserted into his heart after his coronary arteries were found to be narrow. His wife said it was the first time that he had ever been admitted to hospital.

She said: “If the coroner found he died from a recognised complication, I can’t disagree. The whole thing has been horrible.

“The person who wrote this letter is an evil and sick individual. This malicious letter compounded the stress we were already under.

“Bernie was a loving, warm and amazing human being. I’m determined to fight for justice for all our family and ensure that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

‘Malicious’

A man from Plumstead was arrested on suspicion of writing the letter but the police have not pressed charges.

Now the family are planning to pursue a civil case for intentional infliction of mental distress or emotional distress.

Partner from law firm Price & Slater, Victoria Price, said: “We will sue the people who are guilty of this malicious behaviour.

“It is alarming that my client’s private details were obtained and then used in such a callous way in order to further someone else’s personal feud.”

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