A company director fell down the stairs of his home after drinking alcohol and died just weeks after his sister died.
Andrea Dunn, 44, was found irresponsible in the hallway of her home in Balmeral Drive. Blackroad., On the afternoon of April 9.
Inquiry into his death. Bolton Coroners Court Today (August 10) concluded that it was an accident.
Andrea was a director of HCS Wagon, a plumbing and heating company, and her father, David Dunn, told the court he loved playing golf and running.
In September 2020, Andrea separated from her eight-year-old partner and fiance Lenny Murphy.
Mr Dunn said he had noticed that Andrea had been drinking heavily since then, but Mr Murphy told the court that his drinking had become heavy before the first lockdown in March 2020.
Miss Murphy also said that when Andrea was stressed or tired, she often slept and occasionally reached the landing.
Andrea told her GP, Dr. Donna Lee Miller, at Caldon House Medical Practice, that she had work-related stress, couldn’t sleep, and felt like she couldn’t ‘switch off’.
He cited the deaths of his grandmother and aunt and cited epidemics as another reason for his low temper – he was due to get married in February 2021 but before it broke up, it was postponed.
Andrea was diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depression in September 2020 and was prescribed sertraline (anti-depression). He was also given some gold pills on the spot.
After the breakup, Andrea also completed several counseling and cognitive therapy sessions, which her mother, Elaine Dunn, said helped her.
On January 17, 2021, Andrea attended A&E. Royal Bolton Hospital. Her wrist is broken, which she allegedly maintained during the ‘domestic incident’.
He told medical staff the incident was “isolated”, the case was over and police were not involved.
In early February, Mr. Dunn said he had to pick up Andrea from a house where Miss Murphy was staying in the wagon when she became intoxicated.
After that, he advised Andrea to go and stay with relatives in Surrey, which he did and enjoyed.
Mr Dunn told the court: “He was in no hurry to return.
Sadly, in early March, Andrea’s sister Karen Litchford died suddenly of thrombosis.
Although Andrea returned home the next day and returned initially calm, Mr. Dunn said he soon resumed drinking.
On April 7, Andrea was staying at her parents’ house and Mrs. Dunn said she heard her daughter screaming to herself in the bedroom. He told the court he believed Andrea was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
The next morning (April 8), Mrs. Dunn said that Andrea got up for work as usual and left at 8 o’clock in the morning.
During the day, Andrea texted her that she would be staying at her home in Balmoral Drive, which she had bought with Miss Murphy while they were together.
At 1.45pm on April 8, Miss Murphy went home to pick up her passport, for which she needed new accommodation. She left about a minute later.
Ms Murphy said that by then, she and Andrea had secretly reconciled and had seen each other two or three times a week.
He told the court: “We tried to keep him quiet so that we could make him work.”
At about 3.5 to 3.50 pm, Andrea and Miss Murphy talked on the phone for about 45 minutes and later that afternoon Miss Murphy sent a message to Andrea that she loved him.
Andrea called her at 6.49 pm but Miss Murphy was drinking tea and did not answer. She told the court she fell asleep shortly after and woke up at 11 p.m.
Ms Murphy added that she had sent several WhatsApp messages to Andrea, but none of them had been opened.
The next morning (April 9) at 10 a.m. Andrea’s cleaner walked into the house but couldn’t get in because the key was already locked.
At the end of the day, around 3.20 pm, Miss Murphy went round to check on Andrea as she had not yet opened her messages.
After the doorbell rang several times, he looked out the window and saw Andrea down the stairs.
Miss Murphy smashed the back door window with a brick before opening it.
He found Andrea unresponsive. A neighbor, who overheard a distraught Miss Murphy, followed her into a house called 999.
Paramedics arrived four minutes later and pronounced Andrea dead.
Detective Inspector Andrew Fellows Greater Manchester Police It was confirmed that CCTV was inspected from the neighbour’s house and an investigation revealed that there were no suspicious circumstances or third party involvement in Andrea’s death.
After the autopsy, pathologist Dr. Jonathan Pearson confirmed that Andrea suffered two fractures to the skull, which resulted in a brain injury.
A toxicology report by Julie Evans confirms that Andrea’s system has ‘high levels’ of alcohol – three times the drink-drive limit.
There was also a recreational level of cocaine, as well as a therapeutic level of sertraline and daphne hydramine – an antihistamine that is usually sold over the counter as nitol.
Dr Pearson told the court that the level of alcohol in Andrea’s system could impair its coordination and motor function, especially with the sedative effects of Daphne Hydramine.
He recorded a medical cause of death as a head injury, with alcoholism as a contributing factor.
‘A tragic accident’
Rejecting the suicide and reaching the conclusion of the accident, Assistant Coroner Catherine Kundi said: “The evidence points to all tragic accidents, while under the influence of alcohol and some other substances.”
After the interrogation, Andrea’s parents said: “It’s just shocking.
“Losing two daughters in six weeks … that’s a lot.”