Inquest: Stair fall killed man, 56

Coroner Richard Hulett

Coroner Richard Hulett

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A MAN died as a result of injuries sustained after falling down the stairs at his home, a coroner ruled this week.

Laurence Underwood was last seen alive on May 3 and was discovered dead two days later when a family member forced his way into his house after finding a safety latch was still in place on the door.

A post mortem into the 56-year-old's death showed he had an alcohol reading of 455.6mg per decilitre in vitreous humour - described by a doctor as an "extremely high level of ethanol" capable of causing coma, respiratory failure and death.

The inquest heard Mr Underwood, of Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, had a history of alcohol abuse.

Coroner Richard Hulett recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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