Inquest Held Into Death Of Young Scillonian Man

Coroner's Court at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

The death of a young Scillonian man earlier this year was a tragic accident.

That was the verdict of the inquest into the death of Lewis Hicks of Tater-Du, Church St, St Mary’s, who was found dead by his friend on the morning of February 25th 2012 at a property on The Strand.

24-year-old Lewis, who grew up in Scilly and was working as an officer in the Merchant Navy, had returned home the day before and gone out that night with friends in Hugh Town.

Witnesses at the inquest described him as relaxed and pleased to be home with his friends and family. They said he had been drinking socially but not to the point where he was obviously drunk.

He spent the night on the sofa at the maisonette flat of an old school friend who found him at the bottom of the stairs at 7am the following morning.

The pathologist said he had suffered a severe head injury and toxicological reports showed he had over four times the drink-drive level of alcohol in his blood.

In recording the verdict of accidental death, HM Coroner for Scilly, Mr Ian Arrow said it’s likely Lewis lost his balance after trying to find the bathroom in the middle of the night and fell down the stairs, hitting his head in the process.