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Mother died after taking a cocktail of drugs, inquest heard

Mother died after taking a cocktail of drugs, inquest heard

Justin Burns

Mother died after taking a cocktail of drugs, inquest heard

A mother from Old Windsor died after taking a cocktail of Class A drugs and alcohol, an inquest has heard.

Patricia Sumner, of Albert Road, died at her boyfriend Darren Heath's flat in Bell Lane, Eton Wick, on October 23 last year.

The Windsor Guildhall inquest on Thursday heard how the 47-year-old smoked heroin, a rack of crack cocaine and snorted lines of cocaine with Mr Heath before her death.

It heard how her boyfriend had picked the drugs up from a dealer he knew in Slough before they went to his flat. Mrs Sumner had also drank two bottles of white wine.

Mr Heath, 42, was set to give evidence at the inquest, but died suddenly three weeks ago from bronchial pneumonia.

Before he died he told police that he found Mrs Sumner kneeling dead on the toilet at 2.15am after he woke up on his sofa.

He attempted CPR but to no avail.

Mrs Sumner had been in a relationship for six weeks with the 42-year-old who she met years ago, and had got back in touch with him in April through social networking site Facebook.

The inquest heard how he had been a heroin addict for 20 years, but had been clean of heroin for 23 months prior to his relapse.

Speaking at the inquest DS Peter Wall, said police found traces of cocaine, amphetamine and other drug paraphernalia at Mr Heath's Eton Wick flat.

DS Wall said the force had arrested him on suspicion of supplying heroin after her death, found no 'foul play' and said Mrs Sumner made the decision to take them 'voluntarily'.

In recording a verdict of misadventure, Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said she had not taken the drugs 'against her will'.

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