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Drink and drugs killed ex-soldier; W.D.T. Roberts.

A LETHAL cocktail of drink and antidepressants claimed the life of a former soldier, who took the drugs to help him sleep, an inquest heard yesterday.

Andrew Richard Blackmore, 22, had got his life back on track after splitting u p from his partner and was just about to re-join the Army.

But on Sunday November 3, he died after drinking t he equivalent of at least five pints and taking anti-depressants at his parents' home on Ormside, Penrhynside, Llandudno, where he was staying.

His mother, Lesley Blackmore, discovered the body on a bed upstairs.

At the inquest in Llandudno, his brother, Gary Blackmore, a chef, said he had visited Mr Blackmore at the family home the day before.

``He was drunk and s aid he was going t o bed. This was about 6.30pm,'' Mr Blackmore said. ``I checked on him later on and he w as snoring on the bed.''

Mr Blackmore said he had spotted an empty strip of anti-depressants in a bin at the house. His parents were away helping to decorate their daughter's home in Winsford.

``I have seen him take anti-depressants before to help him sleep'' he said. Mr Blackmore left and w as told the next day his brother was dead. ``When I was told I just couldn't believe it,'' he said.

A post-mortem by Dr Andrew Dalton revealed Mr Blackmore had drunk the equivalent of at least five pints of beer and consumed over the lethal level of the anti-depressants used by his father.

But North Wales Central coroner, John Hughes, said on t he balance of probabilities the evidence showed this had been a tragic accident.

He said: ``There is no evidence of s uicide. This is a tragic state of affairs. He had some difficulties and he had overcome them and w as about to start the next phase of his life but that was not to be because of a cruel accident.

``He would not have appreciated the effect alcohol would have had to accentuate the effect of the tablets.''
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