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Torquay man's death was alcohol-related, inquest hears

By HECAbbott  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

A CORONER has recorded that a Torquay man’s death was alcohol-related.

The inquest into the death of 46-year-old Jonathan Garrish was held on Wednesday.

The inquest heard that Mr Garrish, who was born in Torquay, was living in the annexe of his friend’s property in Western Road, Torquay, when he was found in an unresponsive state on the hallway floor on November 6 last year.

Paramedics confirmed that he was dead at the scene and police said there were no suspicious circumstances. He had six times the drink-drive limit of alcohol in his blood.

His landlady Anna Macey said in a statement which was read aloud that Mr Garrish, a ‘very good friend’ whom she had known for over 26 years, moved into the one-bedroom annexe of the property she shared with her partner Ian Dunn in 2011, after his father found a place in a retirement home and his mother had passed away.

She said: “It’s a separate living area. I would see Jonathan in passing but he turned into a bit of a recluse. Even though I offered to him to come in for coffee he wouldn’t come.”

The inquest heard that when the couple noticed Mr Garrish, an unemployed electronic engineer who was married but separated, had not paid his rent, they went to check on him and, getting no answer and seeing no lights on, used a spare key to gain entry to the annexe. They found Mr Garrish lying on the floor and called 999. Mr Garrish had last been seen by Mr Dunn on November 2.

The inquest also heard that Mr Garrish had not picked up his insulin prescription since August.

Coroner Ian Arrow recorded the cause of death as acute alcohol intoxication and diabetes, and the date of death as November 6, 2013, although it was acknowledged that Mr Garrish could have died up to a few days prior to that.

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