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FATAL STAIR FALL

PUBLISHED: 12:25 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010

A MECHANIC died after a horrifying fall down a staircase in a crowded restaurant, an inquest heard.  Pargan Singh, 51, of Parrock Street, Gravesend, had been at a family party when he tumbled and suffered a serious head injury  Distraught friends and rela

A MECHANIC died after a horrifying fall down a staircase in a crowded restaurant, an inquest heard.

Pargan Singh, 51, of Parrock Street, Gravesend, had been at a family party when he tumbled and suffered a serious head injury

Distraught friends and relatives found him lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of a marble staircase in the Bassant Indian restaurant in Milton Road, the inquest was told last Thursday.

The motorcycle repair man was rushed to Darent Valley Hospital, and transferred to King's College Hospital, London, for specialist head injury care, where he died on March 21.

Southwark Coroner's Court heard that the party on February 15 had been going for five hours at the time of the accident, and that everyone there had been drinking.

Friend Singh Garcha, who was also at the party, said he had been talking with Mr Singh at the top of the staircase

He said: "He went downstairs first and I was still upstairs standing.

"I heard a bang and I came running downstairs and saw him lying there, then I went back upstairs and called the others. They came down and we called an ambulance."

The inquest heard that Mr Singh was still conscious at first, and talked to relatives and doctors.

His brother Dalbara, who left the party shortly before the accident, said: "I started to walk up to my house, and I was just coming up to the front door when my cousin gave me call and said I'd better come back."

"When I got back, he was lying there. I asked him how he was and he said 'Ok'." Mr Singh was transferred to King's College Hospital, and his condition initially improved, but he developed an acute stomach ulcer and died of uncontrollable internal bleeding.

The inquest heard he had a history of heart attacks, and had a heart bypass operation in 2004.

Coroner Selina Lynch said: "There is absolutely no indication in this case that anything untoward happened to Pargan Singh.

"It's hard to say whether the accident had anything to do with drink or not. Staircases are quite dangerous sometimes and people do fall down them.

She added: "I'm going to say that this was an accidental death in the presence of natural disease.

"He had an accident, but he had some natural problems, he had a cardiac problem in particular that was making him not a good candidate for a full recovery.

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