Death of father-of-four ‘not directly linked’ to head injury sustained outside St Neots club, inquest hears
16:21 12 March 2014
The cause of death of a father-of-four ‘was not directly linked’ to a severe head injury he sustained in unknown circumstances in St Neots, an inquest was told.
John Lord, 59, of Gordon Close, Little Paxton, died on March 4 last year after suffering a “spontaneous stroke”, just months after he was found unconscious laying on the pavement outside the Tudor Rose Club in Huntingdon Street.
Moments earlier, a group of four people were seen nearby before they ran off into Cambridge Street.
At a two-day inquest into his death, Peter Kirkpatrick said his head injury did not lead to his death, but the eventual myocardial infarction and stroke were going to happen.
The neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where Mr Lord died, told Lawrence Court today (March 12): “I think that these events happened in a short time frame and clearly Mr Lord had been unlucky. If Mr Lord hadn’t been injured, I am certain he would have need a stent inserted, and there is no doubt in my mind he still would have had a stroke.”
Mr Kirkpatrick also said that anti-platelet medication Mr Lord was taking after a stent was inserted during heart surgery after he suffered a myocardial infarction on February 14 and hyponatraemia, which kept Mr Lord in Addenbrooke’s Hospital for almost two months, did not cause the stroke.
The inquest also heard that detectives still haven’t been able to figure out whether Mr Lord was attacked in December 2012 or if he fell. Detective inspector Jon McAdam, Huntingdon crime manager at the time, said there no was no positive evidence either way to suggest what happened to Mr Lord.
He also said some people, linked with a previous disagreement, had been arrested but were released without charge.
DI McAdam told the inquest he was able to trace Mr Lord’s whereabouts that night as CCTV showed he had visited the RAFA Club in Huntingdon Street before going to the Sun Inn and the Tudor Rose.
Detectives, investigating whether a brick was used, carried out forensic tests on a brick found in an alleyway nearby. The results did not suggest it had been used to assault Mr Lord.
David Morris, senior coroner for South and West Cambridgeshire, said when concluding the inquest: “John Lord sustained a significant head injury on December 14, 2012. I am not able to determine it was an assault or not but it was a head injury.
“He was subsequently treated at four separate hospitals before he was ultimately readmitted to Addenbrooke’s having suffered a spontaneous stroke that was unrelated to the original or subsequent injuries or any surgical or medical treatment. His untimely death was as a result of natural causes.”