Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Farmer died after being trapped in window

A farmer died after locking himself out of his house and becoming trapped while trying to gain entry through a bathroom window, an inquest heard yesterday.



Eugene Duffy (58) of Cregganbaun, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, had returned from completing the annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on July 27 when he became trapped, fracturing his rib cage and rupturing his liver.



At an inquest in Castlebar yesterday, the coroner for south Mayo, John O'Dwyer, was informed that death was due to mechanical asphyxia where the victim's breathing was compromised. His chest was compressed after he became wedged in a window opening.



In an autopsy report, Dr Malcolm Little, consultant pathologist at Mayo General Hospital, said that Mr Duffy had "obviously fought very hard to extricate himself".



Dr Little continued: "His sense of orientation may have been affected by the high alcohol level, particularly when his head was upside down."



Evidence was given to the inquest that the deceased was last seen alive at 3.30pm on July 27 by Sal O'Malley, a taxi driver, who dropped him home from Staunton's Pub in Lecanvey.



The body was discovered the following day at 6.45pm by his first cousin, John Duffy.



The coroner returned a verdict of misadventure.



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