Drink and drugs killed 37 year old

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A 37-YEAR-OLD Heysham man, found dead in a field yards from his home, killed himself with a "cocktail of drugs and alcohol", an inquest at Lancaster Magistrates' Court heard.

Norman Mark Lumb, of Warren Grove in Heysham, was discovered by a man walking his dog in woodland behind Penrod Way. He had consumed a lethal combination of paracetemol, anti-depressants and drink.

The court heard that Mr Lumb, the father of a nine-week-old baby, had a history of depression and had threatened suicide several times.

Kelly McKie, his partner of 18 months, told the court that she had last seen him on the evening of Saturday, May 5, 2007.

Miss McKie said they had enjoyed a "pleasant day" and that Mr Lumb had gone out to a local pub at around 7pm to find out about a possible job at Heysham Power Stations.

She last spoke to him on the telephone at around 10.30pm when he said he had been unable to find out any information about the job.

"He told me he loved me and then the phone went dead," she said. "I didn't think anything was wrong. He suffered from depression, but he had more up days than down days and we were happy."

Mr Lumb's body was found at around 3.30pm on Sunday, May 6 by Heysham man Paul Harrison. There were four beer cans, an empty bottle of wine and a part-empty bottle of spirits next to his body.

In a statement read out to court, Dr Alex Forsyth said Mr Lumb, who had been married twice in the past before meeting Miss McKie, "had a history of depressive illness and alcohol misuse, related to his past relationship difficulties".


Dr Forsyth said Mr Lumb had twice committed acts of self-harm in 2005 and 2006 and had spoke about committing suicide "many times in the past".

David Lumb, the deceased's father, said: "Norman kept his problems to himself. We didn't know about the self-harm.

"He came round to see us (on the Saturday) and was in really good spirits."

Dr Robert Blewitt, consultant pathologist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, said Mr Lumb had taken three times the legal driving limit of alcohol, three times the amount of paracetemol normally associated with death, and between 10 and 30 tablets of zopicolone anti-depressant.

In returning a verdict of suicide, Carolyn Singleton, assistant deputy coroner, said: "Given the evidence, I can't accept that (the overdose) was taken accidentally."