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Makin wife found dead; Family plea against a post mortem.

Byline: Andy Kelly

THE wife of one of Merseyside's most prominent solicitors has been found dead in a garage at her home.

Madeleine Makin was discovered next to an undisturbed s tepladder at her home in Woolton, south Liverpool, at noon on Wednesday.

The 41-year doctor, and mother-oftwo, was married to Robin Makin, the Liverpool solicitor who has represented many high-profile clients.

Staff at the Makin family legal firm in Liverpool city centre were in tears on hearing the news, as were many of the GP's former medical colleagues.

She had worked at the Greenbank Surgery in Mossley Hill and more recently at The Elms surgery in Park Road. Robin Makin was yesterday joined by his father, well-known fellow solicitor Rex, for the opening of an inquest into his wife's death.

As a member of the Jewish community, he argued that a post mortem on his wife should not be carried out as the family knew how she died.

Mr Makin said: ``I feel that, because of the evidence that there is, there cannot be any doubt about the cause of death.''

His father, Rex, told Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello that Mrs Makin had a long-standing illness. Mr Makin senior said: ``It is perfectly clear that she was suffering from the illness and told them what she was going to do and she did it. ``She had spoken to her doctor Jeremy Pfeiffer in London and we can pin the time of death to within five minutes of that conversation. ``An invasive and unnecessary post-mortem would cause great distress to the relatives and family.'' Yesterday, Mr Rebello said the cause of death was uncertain and needed to be investigated with an external post-mortem. He said: ``I have regard to religious observances and cultural needs, but I have a duty to the law to determine the cause of death. ``If you don't investigate there could be accusations of insufficiency in inquiry. You cannot presume she died at her own hands.''

Mr Rebello said t was not a full post-mortem because police indicated there had been no sign of forced entry into the property.

The family were shortly due to leave for a holiday with their children Moses, five, and Miriam, two. Mrs Makin was a member of the well-known London society family, the Sebag-Montefiores.

Dr Rob Barnett, secretary of the Liverpool Local Medical Committee, said: ``She was one of the most conscientious doctors that I have known. She was very clever, very intelligent and a caring, thoughtful doctor,'' The hearing into Mrs Makin's death has been adjourned until March 27 and her body has been released for burial.

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