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Woman died after fall at home, inquest hears

Inquiry opened and adjourned at Douglas courthouse

A court’s heard a woman from Baldrine died after a fall in her home. 

Sixty-two-year-old Philomena Maria Barron died at her home in the early hours of May 10 after her husband found her lying in her bedroom. 

On Friday, an inquest heard the local government officer had been drinking wine with friends at lunchtime as well as gin and tonic at home before going to bed. 

A post mortem examination found she was the equivalent of four-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit when her husband discovered her and called an ambulance. 

Coroner of Inquests John Needham said the amount of alcohol in Mrs Barron’s system was very high – close to a level which would cause fatal alcohol poisoning.

But medical evidence showed she’d died from asphyxiation after falling awkwardly and twisting her neck.

The court Mrs Barron suffered from poor balance and was sometimes prone to falling. 

Mr Needham recorded a verdict of accidental death and passed his condolences onto her family.

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