Tragedy of dead man ‘left sleep­ing’ by friend

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

Aman who died af­ter fall­ing down the stairs was left there by a friend who thought he was sleep­ing, an in­quest heard.

Stu­art Cot­ter­ill suf­fered a frac­tured skull at a flat on Tynedale Close, mac­cles­field, where he had been drink­ing al­co­hol with his friend Si­mon ‘Sid’ new­ton. But when mr new­ton dis­cov­ered mr Cot­ter­ill, 52, he left him alone think­ing he was asleep.

mr Cot­ter­ill, of Weston Square, was found dead two hours later with blood com­ing from his mouth and ear.

In an emo­tion­ally charged in­quest at mac­cles­field Town Hall last Thurs­day, mr Cot­ter­ill’s daugh­ter Kelly Cooke slammed mr new­ton for not call­ing an am­bu­lance.

She said: “You must have stepped over him to leave. You left him to die.”

AMAN who died af­ter fall­ing down the stairs was left there by a friend who thought he was sleep­ing, an in­quest heard.

Stu­art Cot­ter­ill suf­fered a frac­tured skull at a flat on Tynedale Close, Mac­cles­field, where he had been drink­ing al­co­hol with his friend Si­mon ‘Sid’ New­ton.

But when Mr New­ton dis­cov­ered Mr Cot­ter­ill, 52, he left him alone think­ing he was asleep.

Mr Cot­ter­ill, of Weston Square, was found dead two hours later with blood com­ing from his mouth and ear.

In an emo­tion­ally charged in­quest at Mac­cles­field Town Hall last Thurs­day Mr Cot­ter­ill’s daugh­ter Kelly Cooke slammed Mr New­ton for not call­ing an am­bu­lance.

She said: “You must have stepped over him to leave. You left him to die.”

Michael Wall­bank, as­sis­tant coroner for Cheshire, con­cluded that the death on July 18 was an accident but said Mrs Cooke’s crit­i­cism of Mr New­ton was ‘quite rea­son­able’, adding: “Had he real- ised the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion he may have acted dif­fer­ently.

“His in­tox­i­ca­tion was a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor as to how he acted or didn’t act.”

Mr New­ton told the in­quest that he spent the night drink­ing at Mr Cot­ter­ill’s flat be­fore buy­ing more vodka and go­ing to see their friend Paul Walker on Tynedale Close at 7am.

He said af­ter Mr Walker left at 9am he and Mr Cot­ter­ill called a taxi to go back to the Weston.

He said: “I woke up in the flat and Stu­art wasn’t there. I went down­stairs and found him ly­ing there. I thought he was asleep.”

Taxi driver Kristina Lynch told the in­quest she saw Mr Cot­ter­ill at the foot of the stairs and urged Mr New­ton to help him.

She said: “When I ar­rived I had a clear view up the stairs and there was no one there.

“Mr New­ton shouted ‘hurry up, the taxi’s here’ and got in with a dog.

“I turned the car around and saw that some­one was face down at the foot at the stairs. I said, ‘your friend’s fallen down the stairs, he might need an am­bu­lance’. He got out swear­ing.

“I took the chance to leave be­cause I was afraid of the dog.”

Mrs Lynch re­turned to the ad­dress 10 min­utes later to drop off Mr New­ton’s bag which had been left in the taxi.

She said: “When I got there the door was closed so I as­sumed Mr Cot­ter­ill was up and okay.

“Mr New­ton walked off down Ch­ester Road. I didn’t sleep for a week when I heard he had died.

“It really up­sets me that I didn’t call an am­bu­lance. I still re­gret it to this day.”

Mr Cot­ter­ill was found dead by Mr Walker at 11am. A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

‘It really up­sets me that I didn’t call an am­bu­lance’

l● Stu­art Cot­ter­ill died af­ter fall­ing down the stairs

●● Stu­art Cot­ter­ill was found dead at the bot­tom of the stairs af­ter drink­ing with a friend

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