Inquest opens into death of man found in pub toilets

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A JURY has been sworn in for the inquest into the death of Nelson man Mark Coffey.

Mr Coffey (33), was found collapsed in the toilets of the Lord Nelson Hotel from a suspected heroin overdose on April 8th. Paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead later that evening.

Ten members of the jury and coroner Mr Michael Singleton, who is presiding over the inquest at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber, heard how Mr Coffey was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

He was detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act and was an in-patient on Ward 18 at Burnley General Hospital. On December 31st, 2010, he was transferred to Royal Blackburn Hospital. During his stay in hospital, he was on the waiting list to be transferred to Guild Lodge, a secure mental health service in Preston, when he absconded on April 8th.

Later that day he was found collapsed in the toilets of the pub. A post-mortem examination revealed Mark died from a heroin overdose.