Family's foul play fears over death of Welwyn Garden City man

PUBLISHED: 11:14 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:33 06 February 2015

Police on Broadwater Road

Police on Broadwater Road

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A deputy coroner refused to adjourn an inquest into the death of a man, despite a call for more witnesses and suspicion of foul play.

Flowers and messages of condolence have been left outside a block of flats off Broadwater RoadFlowers and messages of condolence have been left outside a block of flats off Broadwater Road

Graham Danbury, deputy coroner for Hertfordshire, ruled Welwyn Garden City resident Jason Butler died because of the “combined intoxicating effects of heroin, alcohol and [prescribed drug] Diazepam.”

Mr Butler’s brother, Luke, who was at the inquest in Hatfield on Friday, had called on Mr Danbury to adjourn proceedings and call two witnesses.

Mr Danbury said: “Jason’s brother has asked if I could adjourn the inquest today as we wait to call two people who you think could be implicated in your brother’s death, regarding information which may differ from what they told the police, which may have implications for them.”

A verdict of “misadventure” was recorded.

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