SNOW­DON CLIMBER HAD TAKEN CO­CAINE BE­FORE FA­TAL FALL

Caernarfon Herald - - LONDON BEAT -

AFORMER body­builder who fell to his death from Snow­don had taken co­caine at the top of the moun­tain. Mal­colm Tins­ley had also taken di­azepam be­fore he plum­meted from the 3,560ft peak.

The coro­ner, at his in­quest on Fri­day, said the co­caine would have made him less care­ful and that this might ex­plain the tragedy.

Dewi Pritchard Jones said when co­caine played a part in deaths “a care­free at­ti­tude is part of the char­ac­ter­is­tics in all those cases”.

Mr Tins­ley, 27, who had worked as door­man and was from St He­lens in Mersey­side, suf­fered an ex­ten­sive head in­jury in the fall.

Stephen Brown told the in­quest at Caernar­fon that he had walked up the high­est peak in Eng­land and Wales with Mr Tins­ley.

He said: “Mal­colm was tak­ing tele­phone calls and mak­ing texts and kept catch­ing me up. He found it hard go­ing.

“He would have found it easy if he didn’t make the tele­phone calls or texts. He was lag­ging be­hind and hav­ing to run to catch me up.”

At the sum­mit they took pho­to­graphs. “At the very top he pulled out a bag and said ‘take a pic­ture’. That’s the first time I’ve seen him with the co­caine.

“I pre­sume he had been tak­ing it go­ing up. He asked me to take a pho­to­graph of him with a bag of co­caine at the top.”

Mr Tins­ley had ap­peared happy. But 30 min­utes af­ter start­ing their de­scent the walk turned to tragedy. He heard Mr Tins­ley shout “Ste” and he fell about 40ft. There was a rock face.

Mr Brown said: “I can only guess he lost his bal­ance. He went and peered over the edge. It’s a jagged rock.”

Ja­son Tun­ni­cliffe, who was with an­other group on the peak, said the pair had been laugh­ing be­fore the fall. He saw Mr Tins­ley in the air “flip­ping” as he plunged to his death.

The coro­ner said he had come across cases of drugs be­ing taken to help walk­ers cope with the strain of the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion, and peo­ple fall­ing on that area of the moun­tain wasn’t un­usual.

He recorded the death, in July last year, was ac­ci­den­tal.

● Mal­colm Tins­ley fell to his death while on a de­scent from Snow­don

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