Pop­u­lar neigh­bour found dead at home af­ter al­co­hol binge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

Katja Wit­tkowsky

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