Inquest held into man found dead at his flat

Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners' Court
Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners' Court

A coroner has recorded a narrative conclusion on a man who died in his Ilkeston flat.

John Haywood, 45, of Marshall Way, Kirk Hallam, was found dead on Monday July 21, 2014, just two weeks after moving into from his mum’s house in Long Eaton.

An inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners Court heard that paramedics and police were called but Mr Haywood was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem and toxicology reports concluded that he died from bronchial pneumonia and carbamazepine toxicology. He had a ‘lethal’ amount of the anti-epilespy drug Tegretol in his system but it could not be established whether this had been intentional by Mr Haywood, who had attempted suicide on two occasions.

Mr Haywood, who had epilepsy and issues with alcohol, was last seen on the evening of Friday July 18 by a neighbour who lived below him. She told police that she heard noise - like somebody vomiting or having a seizure - coming from his flat until 4am,

Doctor Andrew Hitchcock, pathologist, said: “The timing of death, despite what TV dramas tell us is virtually impossible.”