A LINDLEY man who committed a knifepoint robbery in Scotland died after taking a cocktail of drugs, an inquest heard.
Gavin Kay, 28, of Equilibrium, Plover Road, Lindley, was found unconscious and died in the bathroom at the home he shared with his partner Selina Buckley on June 5.
The court heard how the pair had the previous day been to Mr Kay’s cousins for a lunchtime family barbecue in Marsh and they had both been in ‘good spirits’.
They returned home at 6.30pm due to Kay’s electronic tag.
Ms Buckley later decided to return to the barbecue and it was not until she returned at around 10.45pm when she broke in to the bathroom and discovered her partner.
She said in her statement he had a blue face, had vomited and there was a hypodermic needle on the floor.
She then phoned an ambulance and Gavin’s cousin Scott and when paramedics arrived she returned to the flat.
She said: “I could hear him being sick, so I thought he wasn’t that bad. Then they started doing CPR. Then the machine came to a stop. I knew he was dead.”
She told police: “I thought he must have taken heroin.”
But a post mortem revealed Kay had taken heroin, diazepam and cocaine. He had also drunk a small amount of alcohol.
Coroner Tim Ratcliffe said: “The three drugs had a combined additive toxic affect.”
He added: “I am satisfied from the post mortem that the medical cause of death was cardio respiratory failure.”
He recorded a verdict of misuse of drugs.
Kay was convicted of stealing £2,400 and threatening the teenager with a knife outside a newsagents in Peterhead, Scotland in October last year.