Solic­i­tor, 25, died while tak­ing bath In­quest hears law grad­u­ate had ‘great fu­ture’:

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A SOLIC­I­TOR with epilepsy died while tak­ing a bath, an in­quest has heard.

Sa­muel An­son, 25, was found in his bath­room by friends on Au­gust 5 last year after fail­ing to an­swer his phone.

Cardiff coro­ner’s court heard that Mr An­son, of Cardiff Road, Ab­er­dare, had been warned of the risk of tak­ing baths after he be­gan suf­fer­ing from seizures in 2015. A keen crick­eter, the Swansea solic­i­tor had orig­i­nally ar­ranged to get a lift with friends on the day of his death to play pool in Hir­waun.

But when his friends failed to hear from him, they be­came con­cerned and forced open his bath­room door.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, PC So­phie Thomas said emer­gency ser­vices were called to the house but found “no ev­i­dence” sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

In a state­ment read in court, pathol­o­gist Es­ther Youd said: “The most likely cause of death in this in­stance is im­mer­sion in wa­ter.

“Mr An­son suf­fered from sev­eral med­i­ca­tion con­di­tions in­clud­ing epilepsy and type one di­a­betes.”

Dur­ing the post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion it was found that Mr An­son was “likely” to have suf­fered of from an epilep­tic fit and did not have the “tar­get con­cen­tra­tion” of epilepsy med­i­ca­tion in his body at the time of his death.

Record­ing a con­clu­sion of death due to ac­ci­dent, coro­ner Sarah Richards said: “The tar­get con­cen­tra­tion is be­tween six and 20mg per litre; how­ever, this was not found. In fact, no drugs were de­tected.”

In a state­ment read in court, friend An­drew Hard­ing said he had driven to Mr An­son’s house after con­cerned.

He added: “We had a group chat to dis­cuss what we were go­ing to do and at 2.04pm Sam said he was watch­ing cricket.

“I told Sam I would pick him up and Sam replied, ‘Yeah, all right.’

“I rang Sam to make sure two or three times but there was no an­swer.”

A former pupil at Ys­gol Gyn­radd Aber­cynon and Ys­gol Gy­fun Rhy­dy­waun, Mr An­son was de­scribed be­com­ing in the in­quest as a “ex­cel­lent stu­dent” and sports­man who had grad­u­ated with a BA and MA in law from Cardiff Univer­sity.

Mr An­son’s fa­ther Adam An­son said: “I was wo­ken by some­one knock­ing on the door.

“I went to the door and ex­pe­ri­enced a par­ent’s worst nightmare.”

He added: “Sam had a great fu­ture ahead of him. He was loved by his fam­ily and will be greatly missed.”

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