PADIHAM: Drink and drugs overdose kills man (31)

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AN epileptic sufferer from Padiham died from an overdose of heroin, alcohol and prescription drugs.

Mr David Grimes (31), of Whitegate Gardens, died on March 18th this year at the home of his friend, David Marsden, with whom he had been staying as part of a bail condition.

Mr Grimes became the first person in the country to be given an anti-social behaviour order for domestic violence in 2006. Burnley Crown Court heard at the time how his crimes were largely due to his abuse of alcohol and medication.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court on Tuesday heard evidence from pathologist Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud, who conducted the post-mortem examination, which revealed that Mr Grimes had four times the legal drink drive limit of alcohol in his system, as well as morphine, two types of prescription anti-depressants and codeine.

Dr Al-Dawoud said: “The prescription drugs were at a therapeutic level but the combination of these with alcohol and morphine combined to kill him.

“The morphine would have been taken as heroin. He did not die straight away but sometime after.”

The inquest also heard from Mr Grimes’ mother, Mrs Linda Grimes, who said he had difficulties with his health.

She said: “David had problems with alcohol since he was 15. He battled against that throughout his life. David also suffered from epilepsy and would start fitting when he came off the drink.

“I saw him the night before and he seemed fine. I know he smoked cannabis but I didn’t know he took heroin.”

Mr Grimes’ girlfriend of two years, Nicola Stacey, told the hearing that he was on bail and that one of the conditions was not to contact her, although they remained in contact until days before his death.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death.