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Man dies in drink and drugs tragedy

PUBLISHED: 17:13 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 August 2010

A LETHAL combination of drink and drugs killed a man described as a happy, jolly personality . An Inquest at Walthamstow Coroner s Court heard how Michael McCarthy, 46, died after he injected heroin into his arm at the end of a day-long drink with friend

A LETHAL combination of drink and drugs killed a man described as a 'happy, jolly personality'.

An Inquest at Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard how Michael McCarthy, 46, died after he injected heroin into his arm at the end of a day-long drink with friend.

Mr McCarthy, from Gower House, North Street, Barking, met Leslie Johnson in Barking Town Centre on Friday, October 26, 2007.

The pair, both heavy drinkers, bought cans of strong lager from an off-licence, and spent the day drinking in a nearby park.

After drinking until the evening they decided to get a bag of heroin and take the drug back to Mr Johnson's home in Bastable Avenue.

Mr Johnson told the court: "I provided the syringes and boiled it up.

"Mike said he hadn't done drugs in about two-and-a-half years, so he had better not have that much. So I split it so he had 35ml and I had 65ml.

"We both injected ourselves and we took the drugs at about 9pm.

"Mike got groggy and went to sleep on the floor. I tried to help him onto the sofa but couldn't lift him. I went to bed at 10pm."

Mr Johnson entered the lounge at 9am next day to find that his friend had died.

Jean Parker, Mr McCarthy's partner, said: "He was a lovely person with a lovely personality. He had been clean from drugs for two-and-a-half years."

A post mortem found heroin in Mr McCarthy's system, the effects would have been made more dangerous by his consumption of alcohol.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Fiona Wilcox said: "I find that Mr McCarthy died due to a non-dependant abuse of drugs.


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