The son of a Grantham man found dead after overdosing on a mix of drugs has called on the police to find two people who saw his father during his final hours and still remain unidentified.
The body of 48-year-old father-of-five and grandfather-of-four Ian Addison was discovered on Inner Street, Grantham, in the early hours of January 20 this year.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of murder before they were released without charge.
At Grantham coroner’s court today, a conclusion of drug-related death was made by coroner Paul Smith after hearing all the evidence, including the results of a post mortem.
In a statement, pathologist Dr Hamilton said a variety of drugs were found in Mr Addison’s blood, including a fatal 4,900 nanogrammes per milillitre of mephedrone or ‘MCat’. Traces were also found of morphine, cocaine, codeine, benzoylecgonine, cocaethylene, pregabalin and olanzapine, the latter of which was prescribed medication for a personality disorder. Dr Hamilton concluded that Mr Addison died from mixed drug toxicity.
While acknowledging that his dad was a long-term drug user, after hearing all the evidence in the inquest his son Terry Addison said: “There are still a lot of things that don’t add up.”
The court heard how Mr Addison’s body was discovered after a Citroen C2 containing four people coming back from buying drinks at the World Star shop on London Road turned into Inner Street.
Passenger Devoney Campbell, 20, described how while in the car he spotted the soles of a pair of white trainers, and realised it was a person lying on their back by the side of the road. He told driver Emma Parker, 31, to stop the car and he jumped out, ran over and on checking the body realised it was Mr Addison whom he knew. Mr Campbell tried for a pulse on Mr Addison’s neck, and noted that he had already lost colour in his face and that his eyes were open staring at the sky, with no sign of breathing.
Miss Parker called an ambulance at about 12.30am and was advised over the phone how to perform CPR, making, she estimated, about 600 compressions. The police then turned up and took over using a defibrillator brought from the police station.
Although when police arrived only Miss Parker and Mr Campbell were at the scene, CCTV on a nearby industrial unit confirmed that there had been four people in the vehicle. As Miss Parker and Mr Campbell failed to tell police this during interview, a decision was made to arrest the pair on suspicion of murder.
Police then obtained a statement from a third occupant of the car, Dario Spencer, who admitted that he left the scene because he said it was apparent to him that Mr Addison was already dead, and because he had cannabis on him and was worried about the police turning up. He left with a man he continued to refer to as an ‘unknown male’, walking around town together before going their separate ways near Sainsbury’s. Mr Spencer said he returned home beween 3am and 4am.
Evidence was then given by Detective Sergeant Simon Todd, stating that after Miss Parker’s emergency call at 00.38am, police attended at 00.45am to find her giving CPR to Mr Addison. Officers reported that he showed no signs of life, and that while he had lost some blood from an injury by his right eye and had grazes on his legs, the physical injuries were consistent with a stumble or a fall. “There is nothing to indicate that there was an assault or an argument,” said DS Todd.
Mr Addison was taken to Grantham Hospital and, despite further attempts to resuscitate him, his death was confirmed at 1.40am.
Mr Campbell and Miss Parker were taken to Grantham police station and questioned. However, police later concluded that they did everything they could to save Mr Addison’s life.
DS Todd also revealed that the same CCTV camera also captured footage of a male believed to be Mr Addison stumbling and falling over, as well as an unidentified individual who appeared to try and pick him up, but then left about half an hour before the car arrived. The footage was described as ‘very dark and very unclear’.
“From the evidence that we have and from the pathologists report there is nothing to indicate any third party involvement in his death,” said DS Todd.
The coroner and family members also heard how on January 18, Mr Addison had been seen by a housemate in his room at shared accommodation in Harrowby Lane drinking alcohol and smoking a crack cocaine pipe.
They heard evidence from Anthony Holmes who knew Mr Addison for over 20 years back from when they lived in Boston. Mr Addison had gone to Mr Holmes’ address on Edward Street on January 19, and the pair were seen drinking lager and Addison also admitted to his housemate Caroline Stamp that he had been taking MCat.
Miss Stamp said Mr Addison would drink two to three bottles of rum, vodka or whiskey a day, in addition to 12 to 13 cans of lager. In her statement she suggested that Addison might have been coming back from the cash machine at the post office, but no cash was found in his wallet on his body.
Mr Addison’s son Terry is still looking for answers. He and partner Katie Storr are sad that he won’t be around to see the birth of their second child on August 5, a daughter who they intend to call Brooklyn. “I was close to him. He was always there for us when we were growing up, and made sure we had everything that we wanted,” added Mr Addison. “What I don’t understand is the person who looked on and put him back down. Why can’t they find him? And the fourth person in the car.
“There are still a lot of things that don’t add up.”