Man found dead in Leeds and Liverpool Canal: inquest

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A NELSON man found dead in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal died after hitting his head and falling into the water, an inquest has heard.

Slovakian Arpad Bilko (42), of Napier Street, was drinking by the water when the accident happened.

Police search teams were sent to investigate the area behind Morrison’s supermarket, and divers recovered the man’s body from the waist-deep water on September 10th last year.

He had been reported missing by his flatmate, and CCTV images had shown him walking past the supermarket.

It is believed he could have been in the water for 12 hours.

He was said to have been sitting by himself on a wall drinking alcohol before falling forward and landing on concrete ground, which knocked him unconscious.

The area where Mr Bilko was found is a renowned hot spot for drinkers.

The inquest heard how Mr Bilko had liked to drink and the post mortem examination showed he had 373mg. of alcohol in his system – three-and-a-half times the legal driving limit.

Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud said: “He had been in the canal for some time.

“He suffered a haemorrhage and a fracture on the right side of the head and it was quite a substantial fracture.

“He was probably unconscious when he fell in the water.”

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