Man lay dead in flat for 10 days – inquest

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A MAN, who lay dead in his flat for up to 10 days before being found, died after suffering a fractured skull.

But at an inquest last Friday, coroner Peter Dean said the reasons for the death of Mark Stollard, 40, of Bury St Edmunds, were unclear and delivered an open verdict.

Mr Stollard was found dead in his St Andrew’s Street North flat just after 8am on July 30 last year after neighbours reported not seeing him for a number of days.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Stollard had a fractured skull.

But a report from pathologist, Nicholas Hunt, said it could not be confirmed that the fracture was ‘of importance’.

The inquest at Bury’s Active Business Centre heard that Mr Stollard had a history alcoholism.

An investigation from police found that, in the past, Mr Stollard had suffered from alcohol withdrawal seizures.

The report said a fall after one of these seizures may have resulted in Mr Stollard’s head injuries –particularly as his skull was ‘thinner than normal’.

Police said there was no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death as Mr Stollard showed no signs of defensive or restrictive injuries. When police entered his flat with the help of the landlord, they found the door was locked from the inside and had not been forced at any time.

Mr Stollard’s mobile phone and cash in his jeans pocket remained in the flat.

Friends told investigators there had been no contact from Mr Stollard since July 20. His last bank transaction was from July 18 for a similar amount of money eventually found in his jeans.

Dr Dean said: “In the case of the very sad death of Mark Stollard, I give an open verdict but the police investigation confirms there were no suspicious circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family after their loss.”