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Hyndburn drug user’s death not caused by assault
THE death of a 30-year-old man was not related to an assault he suffered a week before he died, an inquest has heard.
Timothy Patterson, who was known to have dependencies on alcohol and drugs, was found dead at his ground-floor flat in Town Hall Square, Accrington, by paramedics.
After being assaulted, he returned to his parents’ home, in Arthur Street, Clayton-le-Moors, to recover, but went back to the flat a week later with his ex-girlfriend.
Timothy’s mum Patricia told the inquest he had not taken any drugs during the week he spent with her.
Consultant Home Office pathologist Dr Charles Wilson said there were no injuries that might link that assault to his death, though there were signs of chronic, long-term injection of drugs.
Coroner Michael Singleton said that Timothy had lost his tolerance of heroin when he reverted to taking it after moving out of his parents’ home.
“The conclusion that I reach is one of dependence on drugs.
“As a father myself I cannot begin to imagine the pain and grief the family are going through.”
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