Mystery fall may have led to death

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AN EASTBOURNE punk rock fan suffered a mystery fall and died days later, a court heard.

Pathologist Dr Hassan El Teraifi said Graham Quilty, of Bedford Grove, must have hurt himself before suffering a brain hemorrhage which killed him.

Mr Quilty, 44, was found dead at his home on Christmas Eve, tucked up in his duvet and with one hand resting on a makeshift bong which he used to smoke cannabis.

His father Leslie Quilty said he had seemed unsteady on his feet last time he had seen him on the way to a punk concert in Hastings.

Coroner Alan Craze said, “I think this has been a pure accident but the problem is I just don’t know quite what has caused it.”

Mr Craze recorded a ruling of accidental death.

Mr L Quilty said he had made arrangements to come and pick his son up from his flat on December 23. But when he arrived and knocked on the door no-one had answered.

He had tried to call his son all day and on Christmas Eve morning but with no reply.

He returned to Bedford Grove and called police who forced entry and found the 44-year-old dead in bed.

A postmortem revealed Mr G Quilty, who worked as a gardener, had suffered bruises to the right hand-side of his forehead, cheek and jaw which are thought to have come from a fall days before his death.

Dr El Teraifi said the following subdural hemorrhage could have caused a seizure and stopped him breathing and his heart from beating.

Mr G Quilty, who had been addicted to heroin in the 1990s, was found to have a high level of cannabis in his bloodstream.