Drugs killed lovers found dead at Barking church

Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard how the two died less than a month apart

Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard how the two died less than a month apart - Credit: Archant

Two men found dead in the grounds of St Margaret’s Church died of mixed drug overdoses, a coroner recorded today.

Gabriel Kovari, 22, and lover Daniel Whitworth, 21, were found at the Barking church within one month of each other. Both had GHB and methadrone in their bodies.

Mr Whitworth blamed himself for Mr Kovari’s death, Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard.

Slovakia-born Mr Kovari was found on August 28 last year and was said to be a gifted artist who came to London to make a difference.

“He was full of love and care for others and loved the company of his friends,” a letter from his brother and mum read out in court, said. “He had been a very inquisitive and special child gifted in arts.

“He had excellent relationships with all his relatives and the desire to prove himself to the world.”

Mr Whitworth, from Gravesend in Kent, was found on September 20 in the same location with the same substances in his body and a note in left hand contained in a protective plastic sleeve.

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In the note, he blamed himself Mr Kovari’s death, saying the two had been at a party where he handed out GHB.

“We were just having some fun at a mate’s place and I got carried away and gave him another shot of G[HB],” it read. “It was an accident, I know I will go to prison if I go to the police.

“I have taken what G[HB] I had left with sleeping pills – if it does kill me it’s what I deserve.”

Coroner Nadia Persaud read a statement from his father, Adam Whitworth, that said Daniel was a happy child who loved the outdoors.

“He was an active and intelligent outdoors boy who loved days on his bike exploring leafy byways,” it read. “Those who knew him were shocked by this terrible news.”

Coroner Nadia Persaud recorded an open verdict.

Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Post for the full story.

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