Verdict on Long Eaton woman’s death

A coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on a woman who died in her Long Eaton home.

Rosette Payne, 65, died on August 12 at her home on Burton Court. She had fallen asleep the previous night but did not wake up.

Derby Coroners Court heard evidence from pathologist Dr Gurprit Atwal who established the cause of death as a combination of a severe chest infection along with acute alcohol intoxication, leading to a ‘detrimental effect on the respiratory function.’

Rosette’s partner Robert Spiby told the inquest that he, Rosette and a friend had shared some wine and vodka on the evening of August 11. He and Rosette then fell asleep on some cushions on the floor and he later went to bed. When he woke up the next day he touched Rosette’s leg which was freezing.

Coroner Paul McCandless said Rosette would have fallen into a ever deeper sleep: “It was a combination overall of underlying natural disease but with alcohol intoxication.”