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Inquest held into death of Norfolk paramedic

PUBLISHED: 09:40 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:42 19 April 2013

David Money.

David Money.

A popular paramedic found collapsed in the street in the early hours of Christmas Eve died from “acute alcohol intoxication”, an inquest has heard.

David Money, 56, who worked for the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) Trust, was discovered in Pople Street, Wymondham, at the side of the road.

A Norwich inquest yesterday heard Mr Money, who was said to have suffered for some time from depression, stress and alcohol misuse, was pronounced dead at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

A post-mortem examination revealed cause of death was acute alcohol intoxication. He had 522mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

The inquest heard Mr Money, who had not been at work since June 2012, was admitted to hospital in August 2012 after drinking a bottle of vodka.

Peter Goldsmith told the inquest his brother-in-law had been staying with him in Wymondham since September 2012 as his problems with alcohol had led to his leaving the family home.

He said the plan was initially to help him “get sorted” so he could go home. They made a “commitment” - Mr Money to stop and Mr Goldsmith to make sure he did. Mr Money stopped drinking for about six weeks. But he started drinking again a few weeks before Christmas.

Mr Goldsmith, who tried to get Mr Money involved in different things, said Mr Money had a “bad day” on the Saturday before Christmas and told him he was going to “top himself” and “cried like a baby”.

The next morning he said Mr Money seemed to be “fine” and gave him a “big hug”. When he came home in the evening, he found Money was drunk.

He later went shopping, expecting Mr Money to sober up before taking himself off to bed, but did not see him again.

He said he would live the rest of his life regretting he did not stay that night but Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong reassured him he did everything he could for Mr Money.

Recording a verdict that Mr Money died as a result of acute alcohol intoxication, Mr Armstrong said it was not a case in which suicide could be established “beyond all reasonable doubt”.

He said it was an “illness” that caused Mr Money’s death and described it as an “extremely tragic” situation where “no-one was to blame” for what happened.

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