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Mother loses son to drugs overdose following paramilitary shooting

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

The mother of a 25-year-old man who died from a drugs overdose said she thought the boy she had lost had come back to her after his emotional struggle following a paramilitary shooting.

Aiden Francis McCrory died in a flat on Eglantine Avenue, Belfast on September 26, 2012.

He had a history of drug abuse since the age of 17 but following a paramilitary shooting in 2010 he had become paranoid, sleeping with a hammer and knife under his pillow.

Yesterday an inquest heard that Mr McCrory had made several attempts to seek help.

Six weeks before his death Aiden told his mum Kathryn Linda Tumilty that he had a heroin addiction for the past year.

She said by telling her, he knew he would have to do something about it. "It was as though Aiden was back, the boy that we had lost," she said.

Coroner Kitson ruled Mr McCrory died of an overdose of morphine combined with codeine, diazepam and cyclizine with onset pneumonia. He offered his sympathy to his mother adding it was a "dreadful way to lose her son".

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