Mystery surrounds death of Burton woman who fell down stairs
Lesley Appleby, known as Les, died after she fell down the stairs at her home in Wellington Street during the evening on March 18, last year, the inquest in Burton was told.
Her husband, Leslie, found her collapsed at the bottom of the stairs and called 999, and she was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital, where she died in the early canada goose outlet online uk hours of the following day.
An inquest into her death heard the 62 year old died from a head injury, believed to have been caused when she fell.
A police cheap canada goose uk inquiry was launched when pathologist canadian goose jacket Dr Mark Stephens, who carried out an initial post mortem examination, noted that that a canada goose outlet uk fracture to Mrs Appleby neck looked “suspicious”. After the find, the pathologist said that he was unable to complete the examination and called in a Home Office forensic pathologist to take over.
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Home Office pathologist Dr Alexander Kholar carried out the second post mortem examination, on behalf of South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh instead.
Dr Kholar told the canada goose outlet shop inquest held at Burton Town Hall: “I am a Home Office pathologist and carried out the post mortem after the previous pathologist, Dr Stephens, had found the neck fracture to be suspicious.”
He told https://www.outletmoncler.de the inquest that that Mrs Appleby had died from a head injury that had been sustained when she fell down the stairs.
He said the injury she sustained was more severe than would be expected from a usual fall. The injury had been caused uk canada goose outlet by her head striking the ground at an accelerated pace, such as if she was pushed goose outlet canada or had fallen canada goose outlet black friday from a height, such as down the stairs, he told the inquest.
He said: “She had a head injury and the brain injury that she sustained was typical of a falling head striking the ground, rather than it being struck by an object.
“The severity of the injuries suggest her head had struck the ground at an accelerated pace which could have been caused if she was pushed or had fallen from a great height down the stairs, for instance.
“There is no evidence canada goose store that she was pushed, but it is rare for canada goose outlet new york city a push to leave marks on the chest.”
It wasn until the second postmortem, he carried out, that three fractures were discovered in her neck bones and marks were found on her neck that he believed to resemble finger or thumb marks, the hearing was told.
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He said: “On the skin surface there were two areas of bruising. When you see this type of bruising form, it canada goose factory sale tends to suggest contact between fingers or thumbs on the skin.
“It possible that the injuries were caused by some trauma as a result of an unusual fall.
“They had not been caused by the same event but they could have caused within Canada Goose Outlet seconds of each other. The head injury was the latter of cheap canada goose the two injuries and was the cause of death.”
The inquest heard that Mrs Appleby canada goose outlet canada had problems with alcohol and had been drinking on the day of the incident.
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Her husband Canada Goose Parka Leslie denied putting his hands around his wife neck and said that he had no knowledge of how the marks on her neck had been caused, the hearing was told.
He told the inquest: “I had had a drink, I think I had about five pints on the day. canada goose outlet store uk Lesley made me my meal it was chicken. Then she went for a nap. After I finished that, she woke up and I said the awful words to bed It was the worst thing I ever said.
“She got up and I watched her to the door and she looked all right. I wish I would have helped her now, canada goose jacket outlet but I went outside for a cigarette. I came back and the door was wide open and I thought she hadn shut it, but then I saw she was on the floor.
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“She was bleeding a bit from her nose and Canada Goose Coats On Sale was making a funny noise. She was at the bottom of the stairs and she wasn moving. It sounded like she was choking so I canada goose outlet reviews moved her on to her side and called 999.”.