Family say Tom Sadler-Smith will never be forgotten

Gazette: Roofer died of lethal drugs cocktail in Greenstead flat, inquest rules Roofer died of lethal drugs cocktail in Greenstead flat, inquest rules

THE family of a man who took a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol will never know why he died, an inquest has heard.

Tom Sadler-Smith died in a flat in Colchester when he took heroin and diazepam.

A post mortem examination took place after Mr Sadler-Smith, 26, was found, on July 1, 2012.

Today, an inquest also heard the level of heroin alone in the former Philip Morant School pupil’s body would have been enough to kill him.

Tests also found the roofer, of Rayner Road, in Colchester, had 68mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which is below the legal drink drive limit.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a metal spoon and a substance in a wrap, which Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray called “evidence of drug taking”.

Recording an open verdict at the inquest, Mrs Beasley-Murray said she could not be sure the roofer had intended to kill himself or had accidentally taken the fatal cocktail.

She added: “There is not enough evidence for another conclusion.

“Not all the bits of the jigsaw are there and we will never quite know what happened.”

Mr Sadler-Smith’s mum, Marion Sadler-Smith, attended her son’s inquest alone.

She said: “We would like to go forward with our lives in the way he would like, which is to live, love and laugh.

“He was such a very special person and he will never be forgotten.”

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9:18am Fri 9 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Herion. The most evil drug of them all.
Herion. The most evil drug of them all. Ritchie_Hicks
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7:37am Sat 10 May 14

pixiebell87 says...

such a sad waste of a life
such a sad waste of a life pixiebell87
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8:21pm Sat 10 May 14

Jon-Vencato says...

RIP Friend+
Same thing happened to us 10 years ago 3rd of May 2004. The Police in London called it Our Local Trendy Drug Community. My sister was fraternising with hooray Henry's messing about at weekends. When trouble hits the fan and someone dies, they never get to the truth, half the time those that were there can never remember anything. Our inquest took 3 years to get to a hearing, even then getting the truth is like trying to get blood out of stone. Families are ruined, voids are never filled. Same thing happened to one of my mates Tristan Wilson, I miss him just as much as my sister. Why is it allowed to carry on? RIP Friend+
RIP Friend+ Same thing happened to us 10 years ago 3rd of May 2004. The Police in London called it Our Local Trendy Drug Community. My sister was fraternising with hooray Henry's messing about at weekends. When trouble hits the fan and someone dies, they never get to the truth, half the time those that were there can never remember anything. Our inquest took 3 years to get to a hearing, even then getting the truth is like trying to get blood out of stone. Families are ruined, voids are never filled. Same thing happened to one of my mates Tristan Wilson, I miss him just as much as my sister. Why is it allowed to carry on? RIP Friend+ Jon-Vencato
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