COLNE: Man died after fall while putting up Christmas decorations

Christmas tree lights with lot of colors
Christmas tree lights with lot of colors

The death of an 88-year-old man from Colne has been recorded as accidental death.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard James Thornton, of Keighley Road, was putting up Christmas decorations in his home on December 12th when he suffered a fall, seemingly misjudging the steps coming back down a ladder.

His wife, Joan Thornton, told the court he was a fit and active person for his age but she had told him not to go up the ladder to put them up.

Mr Thornton was originally given the all clear by paramedics after the fall but was left with bad bruising in the days that followed and his condition worsened before his death on Christmas Eve.

Dr Z. Twaij, the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem, told East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor Mr Thornton had suffered two fractured ribs and his weak heart, consistent with somebody of that age, could not cope with the additional trauma of the fall which resulted in him suffering from a heart attack.