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Mum 'blameless' over son's drugs death.

A tragic mother has been told she was not to blame for her son's death.

Mrs Patricia Brown was reassured at a Huddersfield inquest into the death of her 21-year-old son John Greenway, who died after taking drugs, that there was nothing she could have done.

The hearing heard how Mrs Brown was already mourning the death of her 14-year-old son, killed beneath a train at Mirfield in 2003. Huddersfield Coroner's Court how Mr Greenway died at home after taking heroin, cocaine and methadone.

Coroner Roger Whittaker said the Meltham woman wasn't to know that her 21-year-old son was gravely ill after he lay in bed all day last July 2.

He told her: "No-one could criticise you."

Mrs Brown also lost her younger son James, 14, in tragic circumstances when he was hit by a train at Mirfield station on January 23, 2003.

In a statement read out to court Mrs Brown said: "We all took James' death very badly and the following year John began taking anti-depressants."

Her statement also said that John had cut his wrists after the end of a relationship in 2006. However, at the time of his death he was looking forward to a new job.

Mrs Brown's statement explained the last hours in the life of John,.

She said: "At 9:45pm on July 1 he returned home high. He walked up and down the street before being sick in the garden.

"He admitted taking crack and promised to stop. He told me he was over the break-up and was looking forward to starting his new job in two days."

John went to bed and was snoring when Mrs Brown checked on him at 4pm the next day.

But when she went up to his room again at 8:50pm, he was dead.

Mr Whittaker told Mrs Brown: "In the way in which he was sleeping as he normally did, no-one could criticise you.

"You wanted him to get some sleep before starting his new job.

"Even if he had been reached earlier there's no certainty he would have survived."

Mr Whittaker ruled that John had died by overdose but said it was not suicide.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2007
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