Pills and alcohol mix killed homeless man

A HOMELESS man died after consuming a fatal combination of anti-depressants and alcohol, an inquest at Horncastle was told.

A post mortem examination also showed John Anthony Vaughan, also known as Tony, 45, had a blood alcohol level of 285. (The legal driving limit is 80).

Coroner Stuart Fisher recorded a verdict of death through non-dependent misuse of drugs.

A report read to the court by coroner's officer Neil Jones said Mr Vaughan had spent the night before his death in a Skegness police cell on suspicion of burglary at premises in South Parade, Skegness.

Sgt Andrew Cottingham described Mr Vaughan, who had consumed two bottles of scotch, as very intoxicated and regular checks were made on him throughout the night.

The following morning, October 9, Mr Vaughan was examined by a doctor who said he was alert and prescribed him 28 anti-depressive tablets to be taken once four times daily.

He advised Mr Vaughan to get treatment for his alcoholism while a police officer told him to seek accommodation at the local Salvation Army hostel.

Mr Vaughan was later found unconscious in a wooden shelter along South Parade by a fellow homeless person, Julian Clayton.

Mr Clayton saw an empty medicine bottle beside him and tried to wake him.

A police officer intervened and paramedics were called.