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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Newbury Weekly News

Cocktail of drugs led to man’s death Inquest rules out foul play after 42-year-old died at party

FOUL play has been ruled out in the drug-related death of a Newbury man who died in July last year. An inquest heard on Monday, October 7, that police had arrested three people on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of Shane Prout. But the coroner’s court and Mr Prout’s mother, sister and aunt heard the case could not be proven. The inquest heard that Mr Prout, 42, of Catherine Road, had died on July 17, 2018, at a friend’s birthday party, where drugs and alcohol had been consumed. The inquest heard that home- owner Lindsey McClintock found Mr Prout dead in an armchair. She called friends David Plant and Elliott Limberg. They tried to revive Mr Prout and called an ambulance. She said: “I felt something in his right sock. It felt like two needles. I know the feeling ofneedles as I am an ex-heroin user. “I didn’t see himusing any drugs or anyone give him any drugs. I didn’t use any. “The only people in my house were Shane, Elliot and David.” Assistant coroner for Berkshire Ian Wade said Mr Prout was last seen alive between 2amand 3amon July 17. However, addressing investigat- ing officers, Mr Wade said:“Would I be right in thinking that this is truthful, but not the full truth? I have read a statement, that is as true as it goes. “It remains true that when they came down on that day Shane had passed away and they called for help.” A paramedics report said that Mr Prout was a noted heroin user with medical records, including depen- dencies on other medicinal drugs, going back to 1996. Toxicology reports said that Mr Prout had a deadly combination of drugs in system when he died, including heroin, cocaine, free- morphine, noscapine, Benzoylecgo-

all were released under investiga- tion. Mr Perry said the investigation had slowed down when he went on leave for a month. The case picked up tempo again in October when Det Insp Dean Brown joined the team and a meet- ing to discussinvestigative advice was held in February 2019. Mr Brown told the inquest that officers were relying on a test case where a mother had given her daughter heroin. “In that case there was an oppor- tunity to call for first aid and she didn’t and the daughter died...the problem with case law is every case is different,” Mr Brown said. He said that the CPS view was that charging Mr Limberg would put people off trying to provide first-aid in case they were later prosecuted. He added: “When we went and spoke to the lawyer she said we must show that the heroin they provided caused Mr Prout to die. “In our case we couldn ’t show through Mr Lindberg’ s account that the heroin they provided killed him. That’s where I thought the case fell short. The inquest heard that eight deals had been purchased, but Mr Prout had only taken one deal, typically not thought to be a fatal amount. Summing up the case as a drug- related death, Mr Wade said: “It’s absolutely clear that there was no case that could have stood up against any of these people in rela- tion to Shane’s death. “I have to accept that Shane was the author of his own awful, awful misfortune. “While those with him did not behave with all the most expert care and propriety they, in my view, were running the same risk that Shane was.” Ms McClintock, Mr Plant and Mr Limberg were all released with no further action taken.

Report by JOHN HERRING email john.herring@newburynews.co.uk twitter johnh_nwn

nine and EDDP. Det Sgt Gareth Perry confirmed that Mr Prout was known for using Class A drugs. When asked if there could have been foul play, Mr Perry said: “Initially not. On the day I was as satisfied that I could be that he had not been assaulted and no drugs had been administered against someone’s will.” However, the hearing was told, Mr Perry was subsequently contacted by a solicitor saying that Mr Limberg wanted to provide further details. The inquest heard that Mr Limberghad beenwoken up by Ms McClintock and had given first-aid to Mr Prout in the middle of the night as he appeared to be suffer- ing from an overdose. Addressing the inquest, Mr Perry said: “Mr Limberg said he had administered first aid and some case law says anyone who had provided first aid then has an ongoing duty of care. “If that was withdrawn, they could be guilty of an ofence. It was clear to me that all three persons were under the influence of some sort of intoxicating substance.” But as Mr Prout appeared to be breathing by himself and looked likely to recover, an ambulance was not called. The inquest heard that the three were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. “It was not a straightforward case that we see every day,” Mr Perry said. There was no sugges- tion whatsoever of the drugs being administered to him.” Mr Limberg told oficers that the heroin had been provided by Ms McClintock and Mr Plant. Advice from the Crown Prosecu- tion Service (CPS) said that Mr Limberg should be treated as a witness rather than a suspect and

Staff and pupils at Fir T ree Primary and Nursery School have been raising money for REACH Pupils reach out to help charity

attempted to complete theschool day using only one hand. Parents and teachers joined in along the way, fixing socks around their hands and trying to complete routine activities. In all, £1,004.80 has been raised by Fir Tree from REACH-related activities. All proceeds are to be donated to the charity’s local branch. The season of awareness was staged in coordination with REACH organiser Joanne Taylor, whose daughter attends Fir Tree. Associate headteacher Lind- say Wood said: “I could not be prouder of the school council for organising and taking owner- ship of the fundraising and of all the pupils for raising awareness and getting involved.” For more information on the charity and its activities, visit reach.org.uk

FIR Tree Primary and Nurs- ery School has committed itself to raising awareness and money for a disabilities char- ity. On the eve of the summer holi- days, the school council elected to support REACH, a national initiative which helps children with upper limb differences. The Turnpike school’ s summer fete featured a REACH stall, with tombola, lucky dip and ‘name-a-bear’ competition. In July, a non-uniform day was held, with children able to buy numbered REACH wristbands. A number was pulled from a hat, with the owner of the corre- sponding wristband winning a day out to 4 Kingdoms Adven- ture Park and Family Farm in Headley. Most recently, children partic- ipated in a Living One-Handed event, in which they all

One of the pupils takes part in the Living One-Handed event 17-month ban for Thatcham drink-driver A THATCHAM motorist has been caught drink-driving.

The legal limit is 35mcg. Mr Barbazan was fined £230 and ordered to pay £85 costs, plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £32. In addition, he was banned from driving for 17 months.

He admitted driving a Skoda Fabia on the A4 London Road in Newbury on September 21 after drinking more than the legal limit. Tests showed 60mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

In the dock at Reading Magis- trates’ Court on Wednesday, October 9, was 24-year-old Emanuel Ionut Barbazan, of Sagecroft Road.

Woman charged with threatening man with hammer A NEWBURY woman has appeared in court charged with threatening a man with a hammer. Elena Kim, who lives at Newtown Road, is also accused of other offences against the same person. The 42-year-old appeared for a preliminary hear- ing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 30. There, she was accused of assaulting Ilmars Tenbergs, thereby causing him actual bodily harm in Newbury on September 25. Ms Kim was further accused of damaging flags, books and models of an unknown value, belonging to Mr Tenbergs, on the same occasion. Finally, she was charged with harassing and putting Mr Tenbergs in fear of violence by threat- ening him with a hammer in Newbury on an unspecified date in April. Ms Kim, who was legally represented at the hearing, spoke only to confirm her details and to deny the charges. The court declined jurisdiction and remanded her in custody to Reading Crown Court until a date can be fixed for a hearing there. The case will ultimately be heard by a judge and jury.

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