Man could have been dead for weeks

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A MAN who became depressed after the death of his partner could have been dead for weeks when he was found in front of the television in his flat.

Labourer Thomas Mitchell - known as Martin - was found dead after the authorities were called in because he hadn’t been seen.

There was no medical evidence of self harm or an overdose, heart attack or stroke.

Although Mr Mitchell had a history of alcohol abuse after losing his beloved partner Jean to cancer in 2009, tests showed that he had consumed only a quarter of the legal maximum alcohol under which drink driving legislation kicks in.

Blood tests showed that Mr Mitchell, 49, of Cecil Street, had taken only the correct level or prescribed Warfarin medication for deep vein thrombosis before he died, an inquest at Bolton heard.

Recording a narrative verdict, Wigan’s deputy coroner Alan Walsh found that he had died as a consequence of a naturally occurring disease which was now not possible to identify due to the decomposition of the body that had taken place.

His daughter, Bella Regan, of Selwyn Street, Leigh, told the hearing that her father had been a hard working man all his life with the exception of the last few years, when, following the bereavement, his life had started to go off the rails.

Mrs Regan said: “My dad never really got over Jean’s death and he had said that he now wanted to be with her.”

PC Anne-Marie Greenall was called to the flat and after a forced entry, found Mr Mitchell deceased on the sofa.

Although there were tissues around with blood smears on them, there were no suspicious circumstances.

In a statement read out at the inquest mr Mitchell’s GP, Dr Susan Martin of Grasmere Gealth Centre, confirmed that she had been treating him for depression since 1998 following his partner’s death.

Pathologist Dr Steven Mills said that Mr Mitchell’s liver was in too advanced a state of decomposition for him to say with certainty if he had been suffering from a potentially fatal level of liver disease.