No evidence Darlington man found dead in flat after several weeks intended to take own life, inquest hears (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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No evidence Darlington man found dead in flat after several weeks intended to take own life, inquest hears
3:49pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A MAN who lay dead in his flat for several weeks did not intend to kill himself an inquest heard, despite there being high levels of morphine in his blood.
Paul Morrissey, 44, of Tom Raine Court, Darlington, was found by police officers who broke into the property on February 8 this year.
Concerns had been raised about Mr Morrissey who had not been seen for some time.
Detective constable Sean Jackson, of Darlington Police, said: “The police forced entry and found Paul dead.
“It appeared he had been there for some time. The police found a large amount of medication, but no evidence of any illegal drugs.
“In my opinion, I’m quite sure that there was no foul play and we found no evidence that he intended to take his own life.”
The former Tom Raine Court, which was operated by the Salvation Army, in Coburg Street, Darlington, was demolished in June.
Elizabeth McGlave, Mr Morrissey’s mother, said: “I’d just like to say that Paul would not intend to take his own life.
“Even though he was in pain and on a high dose of morphine he never once said that he was fed up with life. He was going to start a new life in Devon.”
Coroner Andrew Tweddle said Mr Morrissey had been on the morphine-based drugs for quite some time to deal with his pain.
He said: “These types of drugs are potentially dangerous by their very nature.
“It may be that he took too many tablets one day because of the pain or that the morphine built up over time in his system.
“There’s no evidence to suggest that he intended to take his own life.”
Mr Tweddle recorded an open verdict.
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