A VULNERABLE man was found dead on a sofa hours after he had bleach poured over his head in a drunken prank, an inquest heard.
Martyn Evans, 25, had been drinking heavily with four pals, who also shaved his eyebrows and put a banana up his nose.
Avon coroner’s court heard Martyn, who had learning difficulties, was “clearly out of it”.
The four people involved – aged between 25 and 30 – pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court in August this year to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
They were each handed an 18-month community order, with rehabilitation.
But the “bullying” actions were not linked to his death.
Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing recorded a narrative verdict, saying he was unable to determine how Martyn, of Bristol, died in October last year.
The inquest heard that Martyn, who lived in Withywood, Bristol, had a long history of learning and developmental difficulties.
On October 20, 2018, the night before his death, he had gone with two friends to the home of another two of their friends in Highridge, Bristol, for an evening of drinking.
According to one female member of the group, who claimed she was not drinking that night, Martyn and the other three drank around 80 cans between them, the inquest heard.
When paramedics from South-West ambulance service were called to the address in Highridge shortly after 9.15am the following morning, they found Martyn in a state of rigamortis on the sofa.
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Speaking after the inquest, Martyn’s mother, Alita Evans – who adopted him when he was seven months old – described him as “fun-loving” and “good company”, with “a good sense of humour”.
She said: “He was a good member of the community, and wanted to be friends with everyone.
“He was always here to help me whenever I needed help. I miss him dreadfully. It’s been a long year. He’s left a big void to fill.”
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