Hammer attack victim died from liver disease

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AN inquest has ruled out a link between a hammer attack and the death of a 40-year-old Killamarsh man.

Lawrence Allen, a welder, of Norburn Drive, needed 18 stitches after he was attacked in June.

Five weeks later he collapsed and died after being seen wandering around a friend’s garden, apparently hallucinating.

An inquest into his death looked into the assault but Deputy North Derbyshire Coroner Nigel Anderson was told the death stemmed from a chronic liver problem.

He said there was no evidence to connect Mr Allen’s death to the serious head injury he suffered and instead recorded a verdict of death by natural causes, saying the chronic liver disease was ‘like a ticking time-bomb’.

The inquest heard Mr Allen had been alcohol dependent in 2000 but stayed off drink for eight years after completing a detox programme.

But in 2008 he began drinking cheap cider excessively . He was trying to stop again at the time of his death.

His family said he was an alcoholic and was aware of the dangers of suddenly stopping drinking instead of gradually reducing his alcohol consumption.

Home Office pathologist Dr Andrew Hitchcock said: “His liver was severely damaged by alcohol.

He added: “The liver basically packed up.

“I don’t think his family could have done any more for him.”

Verdict: natural causes.