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New test called for jail victim.

Byline: By PAT FLANAGAN

THE family of a man beaten to death in prison will not get his body for weeks after his alleged killer demanded a second postmortem.

Gary Douch suffered horrific injuries during an hour-long attack in Mountjoy jail last week.

Stephen Egan, 23, was arrested and questioned about the killing and then sent to the Central Mental Hospital.

It has now emerged that Egan's legal team want a second examination of the 21-year-old's body.

And they want it carried out by an independent forensic expert.

It has been revealed that it could take up to six weeks to obtain permission from the coroner.

A source said: "Egan's solicitor is looking for an independent postmortem.

"This means drafting in a forensic pathologist from possibly the North or the UK. They have to apply to the coroner."

Douch, from Dublin, who was serving a three-year sentence for assault, had told prison authorities he feared for his life.

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Date:Aug 12, 2006
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