A MAN whose death sparked a murder-style investigation was killed by a combination of a head injury and pre-existing medical conditions, a coroner has ruled.
An inquest into the death of Keith Hansen concluded yesterday after being adjourned in July so his family could mount an appeal against a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to charge anyone in connection with the tragedy.
The 30-year-old died on August 19 last year after suffering a head injury during an altercation involving several people at his home in Longleat Gardens, South Shields.
Six people were initially arrested, but the CPS decided not to pursue criminal proceedings and advised police to take no further action.
The family have now been told that that decision has been upheld.
As the hearing resumed yesterday, Mr Hansen’s family said they still felt some of their questions remained unanswered. South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney explained that the CPS had to feel that it could prove beyond reasonable doubt that the people involved had intended to cause harm to Mr Hansen and that it clearly felt it couldn’t and so had no hope of securing a criminal prosecution.
He ruled that the medical cause of Mr Hansen’s death was a head injury combined with an Arnold-Chiari malformation, a brain deformity, and a severe coronary atheroma, as well as the effects of amphetamines and the antidepressant Citalopram, found in his system in a quantity above the therapeutic level.
Delivering a narrative verdict, Mr Carney said: “The deceased died due to the combined effects of pre-existing, undiagnosed neurological and cardiac disorders, drug-induced intoxication and the stress of, and injuries due to, having become involved with others in a violent public disorder on August 19, 2012, in Longleat Gardens, South Shields.”