INQUEST TOLD HOW MANAGER TRIED IN VAIN TO REVIVE HIM
AMAN found in a collapsed state in the toilets of a Caernarfon fast food restaurant had taken a cocktail of illegal drugs.
Concluding that Dylan Nicholas Hughes, of William Street, Caernarfon, had died as the result of the abuse of drugs, the coroner said that the death highlighted the dangers of taking more than one type of drug.
North Wales senior coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said: “The level of the heroin found was not particularly high but it was enhanced by the effects of the other drugs. The message that needs to get out is that drugs don’t mix.”
Paramedics were called to the KFC restaurant in Pool Street at about 5pm on July 20 this year, the inquest at Caernarfon yesterday heard.
Restaurant duty manager Christopher Garrathy said he was approached by a customer and told someone was asleep in the gents toilet.
Realising he was ill Mr Garrathy made a 999 call and carried out CPR treatment until the paramedics arrived.
After giving him emergency treatment at the scene the ambulance crew rushed him to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor but Mr Hughes was later pronounced dead.
Mr Garrathy said he had not seen Mr Hughes in the restaurant before and did not know him. Pathologist Dr Mark Lord said he carried out a post-mortem examination and tests discovered a number of drugs in his blood.
They included heroin, cocaine and anti-depressant drugs.
Closer examination of his lungs found gastric content and the pathologist concluded he had inhaled his own vomit and suffocated.
He gave the cause of death as asphyxia caused by the aspiration of the gastric content and heroin toxicity. No members of Mr Hughes’ family were present at the hearing.