Body of alcoholic lay undiscovered for weeks at Burnley home

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THE body of a troubled alcoholic was found at his home in Burnley – several weeks after his death.

Mr Anthony Moffatt (57) was found on August 20th last year at his home in Chiltern Avenue, an inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard.

His step-daughter, Alexandra Watson, told the hearing Mr Moffatt and her mother had been “functioning alcoholics” who had managed to hold down jobs.

However, they were made redundant in 2008 and 2009 and, after that, started drinking more.

She added: “My brother and I decided to put my mother into a home last March to get her some help. She had started with dementia and we had no choice, but I think he resented it.

“When we visited their home we found 100 empty bottles of vodka. Anthony became withdrawn and we got the impression he had given up.”

Pathologist Dr Walid Salman, who conducted the post-mortem examination, said investigations were difficult as the body had been in the house for several weeks.

He could not find an exact cause of death but said there was evidence of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse.

Recording a narrative verdict, East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: “Mr Moffatt’s heavy drinking over many years caused liver damage which proved fatal.”