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Death of man found in alley is ruled an accident

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

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A BURTON dad died on Christmas Eve in an alleyway close to his home, an inquest has heard.

Kevin Galland, 64, was found on Christmas Day close to where he lived in All Saints Road.

The inquest into his death was held at Burton Town Hall.

Mr Galland, a diabetic since 1970, had been to the nearby New Talbot pub in Anglesey Road on Christmas Eve. In the afternoon he had returned home for his insulin before heading back to the pub. He left a few hours later to make the journey home.

The inquest heard that Mr Galland had received treatment for hypoglycemia, low blood sugar associated 
with diabetes.

A statement read out, written by his doctor at Trent Meadows Medical Practice in Branston stated that when he had last spoken to Mr Galland in December he said he was feeling well and had no issues as he was under regular hospital review.

Mr Galland had suffered a hypoglycemic episode in 2013. The doctor said he was concerned the cause of his death may have been related to this.

Peter Acland, a pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination, said the amount of alcohol in Mr Galland’s blood was not enough to explain his death.

He said: “It was a combination of all the events. He’s gone home to have insulin and then had some alcohol and it pushed him to a hypo state. “Unfortunately I can’t prove this because blood sugar and insulin are hard to measure after death.”

He attributed the cause of death to alcohol and insulin induced metabolic dysfunction.

He said: “He may have had a fatal hypo attack without alcohol but it is likely to have contributed.”

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Andrew Haigh said: “He had been diabetic for many years and generally it was well controlled. It does seem perhaps the frequency of the hypos may have been increasing.

“He was a hard-working man who had a job that ended in unpleasant circumstances which had an effect on him in terms of stress, diet and drink. In view of his recent significant consumption of alcohol this should not be considered a natural death.”

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