Inquest hears how alcoholic drank himself to deathBy Becky Barnes
November 29, 2012
A 40-year-old alcoholic drank himself to death, an inquest heard.
Kevyn Gater was found dead by his dad Derek in the home they shared in Dukeshill Road, Bracknell, on June 8.
The inquest at Windsor Guildhall on November 22, heard in a statement from Derek, read by coroner Peter Bedford, how both he and his son drank ‘quite a lot’.
The statement said Kevyn came home and went straight up to his room on the evening of June 7.
The inquest heard Derek found his son ‘slumped over’ in his room the following morning and called the emergency services.
Mr Bedford said police and paramedics attended but Kevyn was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement from police, the inquest heard there were several empty beer cans in Kevyn’s bedroom.
Pathologist Dr Haytham Sharif carried out a post mortem examination and said Kevyn’s heart, liver and lungs were ‘severely congested’. Dr Sharif’s statement, read by Mr Bedford, said Kevyn had heart failure and a ‘fatty’ liver which led to a heart attack.
Recording a verdict of misadventure Mr Bedford said the ‘sudden unexpected death’ was a result of ‘chronic alcohol misuse’.
He said: “Long-term misuse of alcohol has been relevant to the circumstances which led to Mr Gater losing his life.”