Rasen man died in home after tragic fall down stairs

A former policeman with a ‘chronic alcohol problem’ died in his home after a tragic fall down the stairs, an inquest heard.

David Snell, 56, of Dear Street, Market Rasen, was found by police in his home on Friday January 25 earlier this year.

Police were called to his property after a neighbour contacted them saying they had not seen Mr Snell since Wednesday of that week.

They attended Mr Snell’s home in Market Rasen and found the doors and windows locked.

Deputy assistant coroner Paul Smith concluded that Mr Snell’s death was accidental after suffering a haemorrhage to the left eye when he fell down his stairs.

Mr Smith also added that chronic alcohol abuse was a contributing factor to Mr Snell’s death.

There were signs of Mr Snell attempting to have treated himself following the fall, but he was found by police on the sofa in his living room.

Police ruled that there were no suspicious circumstances in Mr Snell’s death and that there was no sign of third-party involvement.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Snell had 247 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of blood in his system - three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Mr Snell had previously pleaded guilty to drink-driving in June 2012 when a minibus he was driving crashed and overturned in February that year.

Mr Snell, who then worked for Blanchards Taxis in Market Rasen, took special needs children to and from school in Gainsborough every day.

He was fined £600 and given a 28-month driving ban after admitting to losing control of the minibus while two-times over the legal drink-drive limit.