Man 'lay dead for three days'

Man 'lay dead for three days'

Man 'lay dead for three days'

First published in Pendle Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

A NELSON man found dead at his home had been there for ‘at least 72 hours’, an inquest heard.

Stephen Robert Plumb’s body was discovered slumped behind the front door of his rented house in Pine Street by his landlord on February 23.

The father-of-four had a history of alcohol problems which stemmed from the death of his mother’s death and were exacerbated by the collapse of his marriage in 2009, Burnley Coroner’s Court heard.

A statement read out on behalf of one of Mr Plumb’s neighbours said before his death, the 52-year-old needed the aid of crutches to walk after falling down a flight of stairs.

Coroner Richard Taylor also heard a statement from PC Paul Foster, who was called to Pine Street when Mr Plumb’s landlord reported he was unable to access the property shortly after midday on February 23.

They found Mr Plumb on the floor with his crutches surrounding him.

Jean Plumb said her husband’s alcohol problems dated back to the death of his mother and an inability to get a job he enjoyed.

After their separation, he was diagnosed with liver damage and served a short prison sentence, the inquest heard.

In her statement, Mrs Plumb said: “He would resort to drinking instead of seeking help.

“It began to impact on his physical and mental health. He couldn’t walk or eat properly.

“As a result of his drinking, we all suffered.”

Mr Plumb was diagnosed with liver damage and ‘pestered’ his wife for money before the family ceased contact a year ago.

Consultant pathologist, Dr Walid Salman, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said he could not find a definite medical cause of death because Mr Plumb had been dead for so long.

Delivering a narrative conclusion, Mr Taylor said: “It must have been very distressing for you all to see a father and husband deteriorate the way he did, and there doesn’t appear to be anything you could do about it.

“You clearly tried for many years, but the alcohol overtook his life and you have my sympathies and sincere condolences for your loss.

“He had a significant alcohol addiction and had been dead for some time. The medical cause of death remains unascertained.”

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4:46pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Lankygirl says...

Very disrespectful picture. Shame on you LT/Chris Adams. RIP and condolences to the man's family.
Very disrespectful picture. Shame on you LT/Chris Adams. RIP and condolences to the man's family. Lankygirl
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6:01pm Fri 1 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

Why weren't the wife around to help him rather than cowardly running off. If he had known much earlier what a pathetic 81tch she would become in his time for need doubt it very much he would have continued to be with her, and had a nerve to talk to the press.
Why weren't the wife around to help him rather than cowardly running off. If he had known much earlier what a pathetic 81tch she would become in his time for need doubt it very much he would have continued to be with her, and had a nerve to talk to the press. sen c b l
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11:24pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Pendlesider says...

the Lancashire Telegraph reporter 'Chris Adams' has allowed a shameful image for this article considering the plight of this poor persons problems.
I have reported concerns about the insensitive nature of the related image to the telegraph and relevent authorities for such distasteful reporting.
the Lancashire Telegraph reporter 'Chris Adams' has allowed a shameful image for this article considering the plight of this poor persons problems. I have reported concerns about the insensitive nature of the related image to the telegraph and relevent authorities for such distasteful reporting. Pendlesider
  • Score: 0

8:28am Sat 2 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.
The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT. sen c b l
  • Score: -4

8:43pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Biscay says...

sen c b l wrote:
The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.
Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.[/p][/quote]Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about. Biscay
  • Score: 1

9:27am Sun 3 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Biscay wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.
Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.
There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.
[quote][p][bold]Biscay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.[/p][/quote]Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.[/p][/quote]There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -4

12:43pm Sun 3 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
Biscay wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.
Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.
There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.
Watch it ladyboy. Grammar may well be your mother tongue but I am of Indian origin and reaching the age of 90, soon. But I will tell you something little skirt I know more languages than you, you uneducated buffoon. Been here for the past 60 or so years I know all about the English but what want else should I know that I don't know?
Hardly anything but one thing I learnt recently was an English man cannot keep his words!
...and to Biscay never mind my grammar. Stick to discussing the article and I do think it is relevant to display the image as it will deter others drinking themselves to the grave.
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biscay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.[/p][/quote]Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.[/p][/quote]There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.[/p][/quote]Watch it ladyboy. Grammar may well be your mother tongue but I am of Indian origin and reaching the age of 90, soon. But I will tell you something little skirt I know more languages than you, you uneducated buffoon. Been here for the past 60 or so years I know all about the English but what want else should I know that I don't know? Hardly anything but one thing I learnt recently was an English man cannot keep his words! ...and to Biscay never mind my grammar. Stick to discussing the article and I do think it is relevant to display the image as it will deter others drinking themselves to the grave. sen c b l
  • Score: -6

7:06pm Sun 3 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
Biscay wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.
Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.
There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.
With no comments by you to this article and to previous articles but responding to posted commentators with short sentences, you ladyboy shows your level of intelligence and is nothing but a troll.
Go p off and do something useful with your 'dead' time.
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biscay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.[/p][/quote]Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.[/p][/quote]There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.[/p][/quote]With no comments by you to this article and to previous articles but responding to posted commentators with short sentences, you ladyboy shows your level of intelligence and is nothing but a troll. Go p off and do something useful with your 'dead' time. sen c b l
  • Score: -3

9:43pm Sun 3 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

sen c b l wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
Biscay wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.
Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.
There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.
Watch it ladyboy. Grammar may well be your mother tongue but I am of Indian origin and reaching the age of 90, soon. But I will tell you something little skirt I know more languages than you, you uneducated buffoon. Been here for the past 60 or so years I know all about the English but what want else should I know that I don't know?
Hardly anything but one thing I learnt recently was an English man cannot keep his words!
...and to Biscay never mind my grammar. Stick to discussing the article and I do think it is relevant to display the image as it will deter others drinking themselves to the grave.
Ahhh so you're Indian are you Sen? Hindu or Sheikh?
I had an Indian pal at school and have been to 3 Indian weddings. The last one I went to I even wore a turban. Had a great time, lovely hospitable people.
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biscay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: The image is relevant as it shows the circumstance of the consequence thus preventing further repeats anyone reading or viewing the LT.[/p][/quote]Sir - you need to learn the Queens English before commenting on things you clearly know nothing about.[/p][/quote]There's a lot of things about "English" he needs to learn.[/p][/quote]Watch it ladyboy. Grammar may well be your mother tongue but I am of Indian origin and reaching the age of 90, soon. But I will tell you something little skirt I know more languages than you, you uneducated buffoon. Been here for the past 60 or so years I know all about the English but what want else should I know that I don't know? Hardly anything but one thing I learnt recently was an English man cannot keep his words! ...and to Biscay never mind my grammar. Stick to discussing the article and I do think it is relevant to display the image as it will deter others drinking themselves to the grave.[/p][/quote]Ahhh so you're Indian are you Sen? Hindu or Sheikh? I had an Indian pal at school and have been to 3 Indian weddings. The last one I went to I even wore a turban. Had a great time, lovely hospitable people. The Seagull has landed
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