Popular neighbour found dead at home after alcohol binge
A POPULAR member of a closeknit neighbourhood died from alcohol misuse.
Katja Wittkowsky had a drink problem and neighbours at Church Road, Willesborough, had previously called police when she had not been seen for days.
But the last time emergency services were called Miss Wittkowsky was found dead in her home, an inquest heard last Thursday.
Det Sgt Mark Hedges told the inquest at Ashford: “Police had been called to the address in the past when neighbours had not been able to get a response.
“This does seem like a closeknit community, very friendly.”
Coroner Rachel Redman said: “This is a small community of neighbours who look out for each other.”
Miss Wittkowsky, 44, was found dead at her home on Friday, October 30 last year.
The inquest heard she had died from alcohol intoxication and Mrs Redman said she had had an “extremely high” reading and gave a verdict of alco- hol misuse.
Blood-alcohol tests suggested she may have consumed what would be more than four times the drink-drive limit
Neighbour Marcin Kolasa said he and his wife had known Miss Wittkowsky for a year and trusted her enough to give her spare keys to their house.
But Mr Kolasa said; “Other neighbours said she had a problem with alcohol but we did not ask her because of her privacy.
“Once they had not seen her for a couple of days and called police. They came to the house and she was angry about that.”
DS Hedges said that on the previous occasion police had been called she had been in a “drunken state.”
Miss Wittkowsky was last seen alive on Saturday, October 24, when she invited the Kolasas for dinner but then cancelled it.
Mr Kolasa said: “When my wife asked what was wrong Katja said: ‘You don’t want to know’ and my wife smelt alcohol on her.”
The alarm was raised when Miss Wittkowski was not seen during the following week and she was eventually found dead at the bottom of a staircase.
Pathologist Dr Miklos Perenyei believed that she could have already been dead for one to two days.
Medical evidence showed that Miss Wittkowsky had a history of depression and was known to have an alcohol dependence.
Police confirmed that there had been no third party involvement in the death with no signs of violence or a break-in.