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Rugby club member accidentally lost life through suffocation.


A WELL-LIKED rugby fan suffocated himself in bed - but he did not intend to kill himself, a coroner has ruled.

Richard Arrowsmith was found at his home in Gorsehill Road in Wallasey after a neighbour reported to police her concern for his welfare.

The 49-year-old was discovered dead in bed on December 4, last year, and evidence showed he had passed away some days earlier, an inquest heard.

Liverpool Coroner's Court was told how a friend grew worried after not seeing the communications manager for a few days, and not getting a reply to her WhatsApp message.

Police officers forced entry to his home and found the Oldershaw Rugby Union club member dead in bed, but with no obvious injuries, Coroner's Officer Danielle Cruickshank told the court.

His home was examined and there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Arrowsmith, who was single, was identified from his dental records, the Gerard Majella Courthouse, on Boundary Street, Kirkdale, was told.

A toxicology report revealed a low level of alcohol and similarly low concentrations of paracetamol, which had not been taken excessively.

A cause of death of asphyxia was recorded as a result of a ligature compression around Mr Arrowsmith's neck.

He had no notable mental health history, it was heard.

After his death, "Alf's" pals described the former sports club secretary as a "real character" who had joined members on memorable rugby trips to Paris and Dublin, and visits to Cornwall.

Assistant Coroner David Lewis informed Mr Arroswmith's relatives that the 49-year-old "didn't suffer" and would "likely have lost consciousness rapidly in a matter of seconds."

No note or message had been left for loved ones, and Mr Arrowsmith had not suggested to any friends that he was planning to take his own life.

The coroner added: "It's much more likely this was not intended to have that outcome."

Concluding with a verdict of misadventure, and said: "There was some other reason the ligature was there.

"Maybe he got to the point where he couldn't go back."

After his death, Oldershaw Rugby Club paid tribute to Mr Arrowsmith, and said: "A real character, somebody who joined many of us on rugby weekends in Dublin and Paris with visits to Cornwall also - always ensuring that there was never a dull moment".


Richard Arrowsmith was found at his home in Gorsehill Road in Wallasey

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2019
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