Accidental death ruling after cliff fall
6:30pm Saturday 2nd February 2013 in News
A pen-y-cwm father died after falling from cliffs during an evening walk, the Pembrokeshire Coroner has heard.
Liam Keith France, aged 29, had gone for a walk to “clear his head” on the evening of October 21st. He had previously been out drinking and had returned home without his key and with a shaved head.
Mr France told his parents he was going out for a walk but did not take his mobile phone with him as it was on charge.
His parents said they could tell he had had some alcohol but he was not drunk, the inquest was told.
When he had not returned by 9pm they became concerned. His father walked to Pen-y-Cwm beach and then along the path in the direction of Newgale, a route he knew his son often took.
In the second cove along he found his son and climbed down to him. He was bleeding from the nose and his father put him on his side and put his jacket under his head before alerting his wife and asking her to call the emergency services.
Coroner’s officer Jeremy Davies said that the circumstances of how Mr France had sustained his injuries remained unknown.
Toxicological reports from a postmortem revealed that Mr France had between 144 and 161 microgrammes of alcohol present in 100 millilitres of blood, around twice the drink-drive limit. The pathologist said that amount of alcohol would have led to minor intoxication, poor co-ordination and impaired balance which might have contributed to Mr France falling.
The cause of death was given as cranio cerebral injuries and a fall from height.
Pembrokeshire Coroner Mark Layton recorded a verdict of accidental death, saying: “Mr France has fallen from the coast path and had died from his injuries. I believe in this instance that the appropriate verdict is one of accidental death.”