Coroner says Botesdale man’s overdose may have been deliberate

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A Coroner has recorded that there was a ‘significant possibility’ that a Botesdale took a paracetamol overdose deliberately.

Despite a post mortem which concluded that Anthony Edwards, 70, of Chapel Lane, had taken an overdose and then died from pneumonia, Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean yesterday) said the reason was not entirely clear.

Dr Dean said: “Whether this was the intention or not cannot be absolutely determined from the circumstances but that clearly remains a significant possibility.”

Mr Edwards was found by carers on the floor of his home and taken to the West Suffolk Hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

The inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard that despite treatment Mr Edwards’ condition deteriorated and he died on August 17 last year.

Dr Dean said a report from Mr Edwards’ GP showed that the retired accountant had been suffering from anxiety but had not expressed any suicidal ideas.

The Coroner recorded a narrative conclusion that the death of Mr Edwards had been due to bronchial pneumonia and an apparent overdose of paracetamol.