Sheffield dad-of-two killed himself on Benidorm stag do, inquest hears

A Sheffield father-of-two killed himself while on a stag weekend in Spain, an inquest heard.

By Lee Peace
Thursday, 23 May, 2019, 10:49

Lee Okrasa took his own life while on holiday with a large group of friends in Benidorm last summer.

An inquest in Sheffield heard how there were ‘conflicts’ in evidence as to how the 38-year-old Wisewood man died and exactly where in the holiday resort.

Dad-of-two Lee Okrasa, from Wisewood.

The Spanish authorities said he had hanged himself and there was also evidence his wrists had been cut – but a UK pathologist said cocaine use caused his death.

Spanish reports at different times recorded he had been found on a beach, at a lido or on a boat, the inquest heard.

Coroner Angharad Davies accepted while there were ‘conflicts in the evidence’ it was ‘consistent’ he had been found hanged.

Ms Davies apologised and expressed her deepest sympathy to tearful family members, telling them: ”You have not had clear answers.”

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She described Mr Okrasa’s death as ‘shocking and totally unexpected’.

Mr Okrasa’s partner Lindsay Shaw said his ‘demeanour over the last few months had been different’ and he had said he ‘felt worthless’ but she did not know where these thoughts were coming from.

He made a phone call to a friend in the early hours of Sunday, June 17, saying he had cut himself and was asking for help.

One member of the stag party said it appeared Mr Okrasa ‘had been fine’ earlier on the trip.

Dr Julian Burton, who conducted the post-mortem examination in Britain, said Mr Okrasa had alcohol, anti-depressants within a therapeutic usage range and cocaine in his system. He concluded death was due to cocaine use.

Ms Davies recorded a conclusion Mr Okrasa had taken his own life and cocaine use was a contributing factor.