Botesdale retiree died of overdose

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A Coroner has recorded that there was a “significant possibility” that a Botesdale man who died from a paracetamol overdose had taken the drug deliberately.

Despite a post mortem which concluded that Anthony Edwards, 70, of Chapel Lane had taken an overdose and then died from pneumonia, Dr Peter Dean said during an inquest on Wednesday that the reason was not entirely clear.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Dean said: “Whether this was the intention or not cannot be absolutely determined from the circumstances but that clearly remains a significant possibility.”

Mr Edwards was found by carers on the floor of his home and transported to the West Suffolk Hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

The inquest held in Bury St Edmunds heard that despite treatment, Mr Edwards’ condition subsequently deteriorated and he died on August 17 last year.

Dr Dean said a report from Mr Edwards’ GP indicated that the retired accountant had been suffering from anxiety, but had not expressed any suicidal ideas.

The Coroner recorded a narrative conclusion that the death of Mr Edwards had been due to bronchial pneumonia and an apparent overdose of paracetamol.