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Inquest told man died after four days in UK

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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A LATVIAN heroin user had been in the country just four days when he was found dead in his Burton flat with his neck his riddled with injection marks, an inquest was told.

Ivans Marcinkevics had been arrested for unruly behaviour on his flight from his home capital of Riga to East Midlands Airport, on January 13, 2014.

The 32-year-old spent a night in police custody before being released without charge, the inquest sitting at Burton Town Hall was told.

After his release, it is thought a Latvian contact he had in Burton picked him up and drove him to a flat, in Branston Road, which he would share with other Eastern Europeans.

Over the next two days, Mr Marcinkevics rarely socialised with his new flatmates, PC Paul Faarup told the inquest.

PC Faarup, who gave verbal evidence at the hearing, said: “He kept himself to himself and only had short conversations with other residents at the house.

“It is believed he spent most of him asleep.”

PC Faarup said the next day, on April 17, friend who had arranged to meet the Latvian got not reply when he knocked on Mr Marcinkevics’ door.

An hour later, the friend heard water running from the bathroom, but when he knocked there was still no reply.

PC Faarup said that through a small gap in the door the friend could see Mr Marcinkevics slumped face down on the floor.

He was found with his injection marks on his neck - two on the right-hand side and four on the left – while drug paraphernalia was found in the bathroom.

PC Faarup told the inquest that there was no record of drugs or drug paraphernalia being found while Mr Marcinkevics was in police custody, nor were there any records from Latvia of him being a drug user.

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh (pictured) said toxicology results showed that Mr Marcinkevics had taken ‘a significant amount’ of heroin, which played a factor in his death.

Mr Haigh said: “My conclusion is that this is a drug-related death.

“I would like to convey my sympathies for the circumstances of his death.”

No family members or relatives attended the hearing.

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