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Man choked to death as he ate takeaway

PUBLISHED: 13:32 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:43 23 August 2010

A MAN left disabled by a car crash died after choking on Chinese takeaway, an inquest has heard. Marc Horsfall, 45, was eating and drinking heavily with his friend Ward Tipling at his home on Winchester Crescent, Gravesend, on May 1 last year when he sud

A MAN left disabled by a car crash died after choking on Chinese takeaway, an inquest has heard.

Marc Horsfall, 45, was eating and drinking heavily with his friend Ward Tipling at his home on Winchester Crescent, Gravesend, on May 1 last year when he suddenly stopped breathing.

Mr Tipling called an ambulance but the paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.

At Gravesend Coroners' Court on Friday, pathologist Dr Olaf Biedryzcki explained that a large piece of food was found in Mr Horsfall's trachea.

He said: "The post mortem also found he had 335mg per 100millilitres of alcohol in his system, four times the legal drink drive limit.

"The alcohol could have impaired the mechanism that prevents food from entering a person's trachea."

PC Stephen Brown attended the scene at around 11pm that night and described seeing a large number of empty cans of beer or cider taken from a crate in the corner.

He also said Mr Tipling had "glazed eyes and was slurring parts of his sentences."

Attending the inquest Mr Horsfall's father George explained his son suffered a car accident in 1999 which left him needing a mobility scooter.

Unemployed, Mr Horsfall received regular social care visits and was warned not to drink due to his medication.

The court heard his drinking became more of a problem after he broke up with his girlfriend at the beginning of 2009 and carers frequently found him drunk on morning calls.

Coroner Roger Hatch offered his sympathies and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Speaking afterwards George Horsfall said: "We are very sorry that our son was taken like that.

"He was determined to stay away and live his own life and it was very hard to step in and help him.

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