Inquest hears how father-of-two who died in Norwich had heroin and alcohol in his system

PUBLISHED: 09:48 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:10 08 July 2015

A 39-year-old carpenter who died in the centre of Norwich last year had alcohol and heroin in his system, an inquest heard.

Daniel Gillingham, of Waterloo Road, Hainford, was found unconscious on Foundry Bridge in the early hours of Friday, September 5.

An inquest at Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday how the self-employed father-of-two had problems with depression and substance abuse in the past.

On the night of his death, witnesses said Mr Gillingham had smoked heroin and was drinking alcohol.

He had been with three rough sleepers on Prince of Wales Road during the night.

Witness Daniel Baldwin said: “I sat with him for a couple of hours [that night] but then went off. When I returned at about 4am, he was unconscious so I put him in the recovery position and he was OK. When I returned again, there was an ambulance.”

When a police patrol stopped to check on him, they were told by his friends he did not require assistance. But they returned at 4.54am to find the group urgently requiring help.

Despite emergency services spending 25 minutes attempting to revive Mr Gillingham, he died at the scene.

Pathologist Dr Nathaniel Cary said the combined effects of heroin and alcohol intoxication caused his death.

Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk, is to give her conclusion tomorrow.

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