THE body of a man found at a flat was so badly decomposed police say he could have lain dead for weeks before being discovered.
Mark Bloomer, 52, of Robertson’s Hill, was found sitting on the sofa in the living room on November 1 last year, an inquest heard on Wednesday.
Police and coroner’s officers found a large pile of unopened mail dating back to mid-September by the front door.
Dr Ian Hawley, the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem, said his examination was hampered by the extent of decomposition.
Dr Richard Male, Mr Bloomer’s GP, said the bachelor had a history of chronic alcoholism. He also revealed that his patient had been admitted to the Conquest Hospital on several occasions suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms and overdosing on prescribed drugs which were mixed with drink.
He said: “Mr Bloomer had depression which was significantly worse after the death of his partner in late 2009.”
Sarah Alexander, coroner’s officer, said: “Mr Bloomer’s body was in a state of severe decomposition.
“There were no signs of disturbance and police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.”
Deputy coroner Joanna Pratt said: “Mr Bloomer had a history of alcohol dependence and had taken a number of accidental overdoses.
“It is possible he took a further accidental overdose which resulted in his death or alternatively he could have drunk a fatal dose of alcohol.
She added: “But the pathologist was unable to give a probable cause of death because of the decomposition.”
She recorded an open verdict.