King’s Lynn woman died unintentionally after overdosing on painkillers, inquest heard

PUBLISHED: 16:28 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 28 July 2017

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court. Picture: IAN BURT

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court. Picture: IAN BURT

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A deliberate overdose of painkillers without intention of suicide led to the death of a 36-year-old woman, an inquest was told.

Anna Walton, of Columbia Way, King’s Lynn, was found dead in her home on October 27 last year, King’s Lynn Coroners’ Court heard.

Ms Walton’s son, Jenson Williamson, said in his evidence that he had gone by her house for four days in a row when he grew more concerned about her.

On the evening of October 27, he used his key to enter the property and found his mum lying in bed.

Darren Williamson, Ms Walton’s former partner of 17 years, said in his statement Ms Walton would drink regularly after finishing work in 2011.

He said: “Throughout this time she drank more and more and eventually opened up about her past.

“She suffered abuse when she was in a care home. I believe this is why she drank - she couldn’t deal with what happened when she was younger.”

The court heard Ms Walton would drink up to four to five bottles of wine and several cans of cider a day. She received help from the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, underwent detoxification and sought rehabilitation at Hebron House.

A week before she was found dead, Ms Walton called Darren Williamson asking him to drop off some painkillers as she was experiencing pain in her ribs from an earlier fall.

At that time, she told him she had not had a drink for seven to 10 days.

A post mortem examination revealed no trace of alcohol in her blood and several drugs that were consistent with therapeutic dosages.

They did however find excessive amounts of painkillers in her blood, and determined her cause of death as septicaemia due to bronchopneumonia due to painkiller toxicity.

Summing up the inquest, senior coroner Jacqueline Lake concluded Ms Watson’s death as misadventure, adding: “There is no evidence of any intention on her part to take her own life.

“She was prescribed anti-depressants for most of her adult life.”

Addressing Darren Williamson, she said: “It does appear from the evidence Ms Watson had not been drinking in the period before her death, and that is of course what she told you as well.”

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