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A man died after stumbling into a tree and falling back on to his head, an inquest heard.

Stefan Gomes, 47, of Clibbon Court, Great Cornard, died at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, on October 7 last year.

A witness report from passer by Alice Stalker was read out at the inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court in Ipswich yesterday, and detailed how she had seen Mr Gomes stumbling and unsteady in Girling Street, Sudbury, between 11.30pm October 6 and 12.30am October 7.

A man died after stumbling into a tree and falling back on to his head, an inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, Ipswich, heard. Picture: Mark Westley.
A man died after stumbling into a tree and falling back on to his head, an inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court, Ipswich, heard. Picture: Mark Westley.

She then saw Mr Gomes trip into a tree and fall backwards on to his head.

Miss Stalker said he was laying on his back on the curb and was bleeding from the head which she tried to stem with tissues.

Mr Gomes was able to speak his name after first falling, but by the time the ambulance service and police arrived, he was no longer conscious.

The inquest was held at Suffolk Coroners Court, Ipswich, yesterday afternoon. Picture: Mark Westley.
The inquest was held at Suffolk Coroners Court, Ipswich, yesterday afternoon. Picture: Mark Westley.

Mr Gomes was taken to the emergency department at West Suffolk Hospital but neurosurgical intervention was considered not to be appropriate and he was given palliative care.

Christopher Long, assistant coroner, gave his verdict as that of accidental death.

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