Drunk gran died with head stuck in stair­lift

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A GRANNY was killed in a freak ac­ci­dent when she got her head trapped in her STAIR LIFT, an in­quest has heard.

Tragic Shirley Perkins, 55, top­pled back­wards down the stairs and got her head wedged be­tween the metal rung of the elec­tronic seat and the wall.

Her dis­traught daugh­ter Claire found Shirley’s life­less body when she ar­rived at her home to col­lect her for a shop­ping trip.

An in­quest heard the for­mer pot­tery worker had a stair­lift fit­ted af­ter she suf­fered breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties but oc­ca­sion­ally had the strength to walk up them un­aided.

On the night of her death the grand­mother had got drunk on wine be­fore go­ing to bed.

But as she stum­bled up­stairs she tripped and fell back­wards.

Claire told North Stafford­shire Coroners Court: “Mum wasn’t an al­co­holic but she did have three or four bot­tles of wine a week.”

A post-mortem found Shirley, of Stoke-onTrent, had a blood al­co­hol con­tent of four-and-a-half times the drink drive limit.

Coro­ner Ian Smith, who con­firmed Shirley died from as­phyxia as a re­sult of the fall and recorded a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death.

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