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Hospital drugs used for suicide.

Byline: BY LIAM MURPHY Daily Post Staff

A WIRRAL hospital worker died after taking a cocktail of drugs only available from an operating theatre, an inquest heard yesterday.

Operating theatre technician Kevin Murphy, 27, was found dead in a car with a specialist needle in his arm and drugs, normally used by anaesthetists, nearby.

The inquest at Wallasey town hall was told Mr Murphy had been discovered locked in a Ford Fiesta by a passer-by, with a hypodermic needle in his arm on April 24.

Police and paramedics were called to the Woodlands, in Birkenhead, where the car was parked.

The needle was found to be a cannula, a hollow tube which can be inserted into the body to allow drugs to be administered.

Drugs ampoules were discovered on the front passenger seat of the car, and a police surgeon said these drugs were used in hospital operating theatres.

The inquest was told Kevin

Murphy died on April 24 as a result of poisoning from a mixture of drugs.

Kevin Murphy had started working at Arrowe Park Hospital in 2001 and worked his way up to become an operating theatre technician, although high levels of sickness absence delayed his final qualification.

Coroner's officer Arthur Flower told the inquest Mr Murphy had reportedly returned home the month before his death with ampoules of drugs and told his partner, the mother of their 17 month-old twins, that he was thinking of taking an overdose.

Mr Flower told the coroner's court Mr Murphy, who was divorced with two children from a previous relationship, had also been referred to a psychologist and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

The inquest also heard that he had some financial problems. A post-mortem later revealed that he had taken a range of drugs used by anaesthetists in operating theatres, and that he also had one and a half times the legal limit for motorists of alcohol in his body.

Mr Murphy, of New Chester Road, Bromborough, had last been seen at 3am in the morning, before his body was discovered during a birthday party for his partner.

The inquest was told that during the party the couple argued and Kevin Murphy was last seen walking down The Woodlands, in the direction of Clifton Road.

Coroner Christopher Johnson said: "It is clear to me, from his profession, the deceased would have known the certain outcome of his actions.

"The manner and circumstances leave me in no doubt that the deceased did intend to take his own life."

Victim found dead in car with needle in his arm

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