Fall led to man’s death

Hill Street, South Shore
Hill Street, South Shore
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A MAN found covered in blood at his home in South Shore died of injuries sustained in a fall, an inquest has heard.

Police were called to a top floor flat on Hill Street after Dennis Kennedy, 59, was discovered by a neighbour last October.

Forensic teams were drafted in to examine the scene because the amount of blood found in the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen led them to believe he may have been attacked. However a post mortem revealed the cause of death was external haemorrhage due to a fractured nose and wounds to the head and face possibly caused by a fall as Mr Kennedy was intoxicated at the time of his death.

Blackpool Coroner’s officer PC Ken Lord said: “Mr Kennedy went out drinking on October 19 and was found the following morning in his flat, slumped over his bed and covered in blood.

“He had a cut to his nose and a bruise to his eye and because the police could not account for the amount of blood around the flat an investigation was carried out.”

Mr Kennedy’s neighbour, Raymond Penman, told the inquest he heard a loud bang at around 3am but did not hear any voices. Another neighbour, George Batty, who discovered Mr Kennedy’s body, said he often heard Mr Kennedy coming home from the pub and falling over.

He said: “He was a social drinker, he liked going to the Royal Oak and the Albert pub, I heard him on the night of his death falling over and dropping things.”

Peter Kennedy, said his brother Dennis regularly fell over as drink affected his balance and he had been taken to hospital with broken bones on several occasions.

He added: “He had no enemies, he was well liked in South Shore but I think the drinking had got worse after the break-up of his marriage.

“He had looked at moving into a flat away from South Shore but deep down I don’t think he wanted to leave the area.”

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Blackpool coroner Anne Hind, said: “The medical evidence did not support the view that this man had been a victim of assault.”