A YOUNG musician’s body was pulled from a Sheffield canal almost a week after he fled during a police search, an inquest heard.
Wayne Hamilton, aged 25, vanished for five days before he was found dead in the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.
Jurors at Sheffield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Hamilton ran away while being patted down by police, who suspected him of smoking cannabis in bandmate Lewis Trotman’s car.
Mr Trotman, 24, told the inquest they hadn’t been using the drug - and that he was offended by the ‘smug attitude’ of PC Michael Henderson, who took part in the search.
But Mr Trotman said he didn’t understand why his pal ran away.
“I don’t know why he ran,” Mr Trotman said. “I was a bit shocked to be honest, I didn’t know he was going to do that.”
The pair were in a band called No Excuse, who recorded in a studio off Chippingham Street in Attercliffe.
Mr Trotman said they were returning to the studio after buying refreshments in the early hours of June 10, 2010, when a police car started following his blue Renault Megane.
He said they were eventually made to pull over on Shirland Lane, Attercliffe.
Mr Trotman was searched before Mr Hamilton, who was chased down the road by PC Henderson. The chase stopped when the officer tripped and fell.
Friends and family mounted a search for Mr Hamilton the next day, but no trace was found. One of his trainers was later discovered on an embankment near the canal.
Mr Hamilton was due to appear in court, the jury was told, but his alleged offence was not revealed.
The inquest continues.