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Inquest hears Stone handyman found dead two days after last seen

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

Coroner Andrew Haigh

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A STONE handyman died from complications of alcoholism, an inquest heard.

Robert Thompson, known as Bobby, was last seen in Aldi two days before he was found dead in his caravan on Brooms Park, in Stafford Road, Stone, in May.

The 39-year-old had a history of alcohol consumption, Cannock coroner’s court heard.

The hearing was told Mr Thompson had long-term alcohol problems, he had been prescribed anti-depressants and he was a heavy smoker.

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Pathologist Dr Emma Sheldon, who conducted a post mortem, said: “He was obese, his heart was enlarged. Chronic alcohol consumption can cause an increase in size and weight of the main pumping chamber of the heart.

“He definitely had factors in keeping with chronic alcohol consumption.”

His brother told the court he had seen Mr Thompson stop breathing a few times, which was thought to be related to sleep apnea.

His blood alcohol content was about three times the drink drive limit but south Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh said it wasn’t enough to kill him.

“I can’t be sure of the cause of death, but overall I’m satisfied on the balance of probabilities it’s likely to be linked with his long-term alcoholism,” he said.

Mr Haigh gave the cause of death as complications of alcoholism and concluded Mr Thompson’s death was a natural one.

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