Man died after falling down stairsBy Hugh Fort
June 14, 2012
An elderly man who died when he fell downstairs and banged his head was more than two times over the drink-drive limit, an inquest heard.
Barry Allmark, 76, was found by kind-hearted neighbours who had brought him some eggs a few days before his death on Friday, March 23.
Katherine Griffiths and her husband left the eggs outside his front door and became suspicious when they were still there a few days later.
After looking through the letterbox they saw him lying in the hallway of the home where he lived alone in Bishopsdale, Wildridings. An inquest at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday last week heard how Mr Griffiths called the police, who broke down the door.
Further inspection revealed Mr Allmark had died.
A post mortem examination revealed he had suffered a subdural haematoma, bleeding on the brain, which is often caused by a blow to the head.
Coroner Peter Bedford said Mr Allmark had been spotted drinking in the Green Man pub in Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead, a few hours before he died and the post mortem examination revealed he had 216 milligrams of alcohol in his blood, around two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.
He said it was clear Mr Allmark had fallen down the stairs and suffered a blow to the head, which caused the bleeding on the brain that led to his death.
Mr Bedford recorded a verdict of death by misadventure and said he had to rule out the death being an accident due to the fact Mr Allmark had been drinking.