Hospital staff in deep shock at doctors death
Hospital staff in 'deep shock' at doctors death

Geraldton Health Campus staff have expressed “deep shock” at the death in Bowling Green Villas on Tuesday of a 34-year-old doctor.

Deanendra Athukorala could not be resuscitated by ambulance officers after he was reported injured in his villa at 6.15am.

His death is the subject of a suspected homicide investigation, and a 34-year-old woman has been assisting police with their inquiries since the incident

Regional Director of the WA Country Health Service, Margaret Denton, said the death was a tragedy and had deeply shocked the Geraldton campus.

“On behalf of the staff I would like to express our very deepest condolences to the doctor’s family, friends and colleagues, and our thoughts are with them at this time,” she said.

“Dr Athukorala had work at the campus as a resident medical officer for the last year and was a valued member of our team.”

Mrs Denton said staff had been offered support and counselling services.

She said nothing more could be added, because the matter was under police investigation.

Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigations into the suspicious death of a man in his 40s in a home at Seventh Street, Wonthella, whose body was found about 6.50 am today.

Three blocks around the home have been sealed off for forensic examinations.

Police have emphasised the two incidents were isolated in no way linked, nor were they indicative of an ongoing crime issue which put the community at risk.

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