Pop­u­lar bar­man died from am­phet­a­mine use

Accrington Observer - - OBITUARIES - Jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN


AHEAVY am­phet­a­mine user was found dead on his set­tee af­ter not be­ing seen for sev­eral days, an in­quest heard.

Richard Martin, known lo­cally as ‘Skin­ner’, was found af­ter po­lice forced en­try to his flat on Edgar Street in Ac­cring­ton.

An in­quest at Black­burn Coro­ners Court heard how the 55-year-old, who was a heavy am­phet­a­mine and al­co­hol user, had not been seen for sev­eral days be­fore his body was dis­cov­ered on July 4 last year.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion found that he had am­phet­a­mines in his sys­tem which ‘on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­i­ties caused an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat and caused his heart to stop’.

Alwin Stirza­ker, who had been a friend of Mr Martin for 15 years, said he was a ‘car­ing and con­sid­er­ate man who hated be­ing on his own’. The in­quest heard that he had been clean from heroin for 11 years but still used am­phet­a­mines.

Ms Stirza­ker told the in­quest: “It was a bit hit and miss with him. Some­times he had a heavy burst and some­times he would lay off. He would go out and so­cialise with peo­ple in the lo­cal pub and watch foot­ball. If he wasn’t out drink­ing at a bar he would have a cou­ple of cans of cider.”

The in­quest was told that Mr Martin was as­saulted on his birth­day in Fe­bru­ary last year and was taken to hos­pi­tal a few days later with a frac­tured cheek­bone, blurred vi­sion and headaches.

Ms Stirza­ker said he was ‘not the same af­ter that’ and ‘seemed to go down­hill’. She told the in­quest that he ‘felt in­tim­i­dated and couldn’t come out of his flat’.

PC Steve Wall­work, who at­tended Mr Martin’s flat on July 4, said there was ‘no sug­ges­tion’ he took the am­phet­a­mines against his will and there are ‘no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances’ sur­round­ing his death.

Record­ing a nar­ra­tive ver­dict, Coro­ner Richard Tay­lor said it was a ‘very im­pre­cise science’ to try and de­ter­mine when Mr Martin had passed away.

He con­cluded that he died ‘from the ef­fects of am­phet­a­mine use’.

Af­ter Mr Martin’s death friends told the Ob­server that he was a passionate Manch­ester City sup­porter and pop­u­lar bar­man who worked for many years at the Duke of Welling­ton pub in Ac­cring­ton.

Richard ‘Skinner’ Martin was a pas­sion­ate Manch­ester City fan

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