Inquest: Hatfield man’s death ‘drug and alcohol-related’

PUBLISHED: 15:06 22 August 2018

The Old Courthouse in Hatfield, where the inquest was held. Picture: JP Asher

The Old Courthouse in Hatfield, where the inquest was held. Picture: JP Asher

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A Hatfield man’s death has been officially recorded as drug and alcohol-related.

Jason Hipgrave, 48 at the time, was found dead at his home in Homestead Road on October 12 last year.

Mr Hipgrave worked as a chef at a local pub and had been living with his aunt for about a year.

On the evening of October 11, his aunt saw him in the living room with his head on the coffee table, but did not think anything of it.

However, the next morning she came down and he was in the same position, so she rang the emergency services.

The 48-year-old was pronounced dead at 6.58am.

A syringe was later found nearby, and toxicology reports confirmed he had consumed a “very substantial quantity” of heroin, as well as alcohol.

Herts deputy coroner Graham Danbury concluded Mr Hipgrave did not mean to take his own life, rather the combination of heroin and alcohol proved fatal.

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