by Richard Belbin
Sheffield coroner Chris Dorries recorded a verdict of unlawful
killing at the end of the inquest into the death of Michaela Hague,
of Lopham Street, Pitsmoor. Medical negligence played no role, he
Despite this, her family are considering legal action against the
hospital over ‘neglectful care’. They believe her life
could still have been saved.
25 year old Michaela was found on Bonfire Night 2001 in a pool
of blood in Spital Fields, where she was working as a prostitute.
Taken quickly to the Northern General Hospital, she was operated
on, but died soon after, already having been revived twice.
The inquest heard of a number of incidents where there were individual
failings, but did not find evidence of ‘systematic failings’.
The pathologist who examined Michaela’s body, Dr Peter Cooper,
said that they didn’t believe her wounds were necessarily
fatal, and that patients with worse injuries had survived.
Chris Welch, Medical Director for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
NHS Trust said that his team had conducted a thorough review of
Michaela’s case, which has led them to strengthen their procedures
and protocols. The failures that did occur did not “amount
individually or collectively to a gross failure to provide basic
Michaela was stabbed 19 times, and her body left in a car park.
Police interviewed over 10,00 people in a nationwide investigation,
searching for a dark blue Ford Sierra which was seen driving away
from the murder scene. They continue with efforts to find her killer.
“We will never give up until we track him down,” said
Detective Superintendent Paul Broadbent.
Michaela leaves 7-year-old son, Kane. Anyone with information about
his mum’s murder should contact the incident room at West
Bar police station on 220 2020.