Burnley man dies after fall at home

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

An intelligent man who struggled with a drink problem for many years died after falling and banging his head at home.

Islington-born Mr Peter Auger moved to Burnley around 12 years ago and settled in Hobart Street where he lived with his two dogs.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard evidence from step-sisters Michelle Jones and Danielle Davis.

Mr Auger (63) had had a relationship with their late mother who died in 2001. They thought of him as a father figure and moved to Burnley with him.

Miss Jones said: “Peter was a very intelligent man who could have been a teacher were it not for his drinking.

“He was interested in history and reading. However he suffered from arthritis and gout, and hadn’t worked for many years.

“His drinking got steadily worse and he had a number of falls. We were concerned because he was a hoarder and he had hundreds of books piled high on the floor. He also hardly ate anything.”

Miss Jones found Mr Auger collapsed on the floor of his front home on August 6th this year.

Pathologist Dr Muhammed Aslam, who performed the post-mortem examination, gave the cause of death as a subdural hematoma with underlying ischemic heart disease and a fatty liver.

Toxicology tests showed no drugs or alcohol in the system.

He said it was more than likely the hematoma had been caused by a fall.

Speaking to Miss Jones and Miss Davis, East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: “Clearly, he was very much loved by you both.

“He had his problems and it appears at some stage he had a nasty fall and banged his head. I return a conclusion of accidental death.”