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Man died on beach after taking tablets.

A CARDIFF man, found dead at a Porthcawl beach, took his own life, an inquest heard.

The body of Daniel Hutchinson, of Clos Yr Ardd, Rhiwbina, was found at Newton Beach, Porthcawl, on October 26, 2009.

Aberdare Coroner's Court heard evidence from Sergeant Rhodri Davies, of Bridgend police station, who said a member of the public found the body.

Sgt Davies said 40-year-old Mr Hutchinson was identified through photo ID he had on him.

"He was lying in a sleeping bag," said Sgt Davies.

"There were a number of fireworks which had been set off, scattered around the deceased, and a large number of tablet boxes, partially half full and empty."

Sgt Davies said Mr Hutchinson was blue in colour and slightly warm, but displayed no signs of injury.

Mr Hutchinson's silver Vauxhall Omega was recovered to Dragon Rescue, Pyle.

"A number of items were recovered, including a note with the next of kin details on it," added Sgt Davies. "At this location, no suicide notes were found."

He added that a statement had been taken from the member of the public who had found the body, Lee Chennels.

A post-mortem examination showed a number of substances in Mr Hutchinson's system, including paracetamol, codeine and fluoxetine, but at low, therapeutic levels.

Temazepam and a high concentration of tramadol were also found.

The inquest heard that the tramadol would have the effect of suppressing central nervous system activity, and the result of taking it alongside the temazepam resulted in death.

The medical cause of death was given as excessive tramadol ingestion with temazepam, suppressing central nervous system activity.

Peter Maddox, Bridgend and Glamorgan Valleys Coroner, recorded a verdict of suicide.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 9, 2011
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