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King's Lynn man was found dead in his flat, inquest hears

A 27-year-old Lynn man was found dead in his flat, an inquest has heard.

Norfolk Coroner's Court was told this morning that Riki Davis, of Columbia Way, died on March 19.

His mother Sarah Cook said, in a statement read to the court, that he had been diagnosed with depression in 2016 following the death of his son.

Norfolk Coroner's Court
Norfolk Coroner's Court

She said, on the day of his death, he had been "chatty" and there was "nothing out of the ordinary".

She had accompanied Mr Davis into Lynn town centre as he wanted to sell his headphones at Cash Converters so that he could buy cannabis, which he smoked to help him cope with his depression.

Mrs Cook said the store worker had offered him £15, but he had wanted £20 for them, so they returned to Mr Davis' address.

The inquest heard that, after Mrs Cook had left, she received a message from Mr Davis' partner to say they had had an argument, and she, too, had left the flat.

She had received a message from him which said he would "probably be dead" later, the court was told.

Mrs Cook said this did not concern her, as he had made "so many comments like this before".

But at about 6pm she sent her son a message to check up on him and she did not receive a reply, so she went to his address again. She found him hanging in his flat and cut him down.

Paramedics were called, but after attempting CPR, he was declared dead.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mrs Cook said: "The whole situation has really shocked me and my family. We didn't believe Riki would ever do such a thing."

The inquest also heard evidence from Dr Ray Lonsdale who wrote a post-mortem report.

He said alcohol was not found in Mr Davis' system, but cannabinoids were.

Senior coroner for Norfolk Jacqueline Lake said there were no specific indication that Mr Davis intended to die on this occasion.

"I also take into account he was feeling angry and frustrated and may not have been thinking straight," she said.

"For those reasons I cannot be satisfied on the question of intent. I cannot be satisfied he intended to die from his actions."

Mr Davis' cause of death was given as hanging. Mrs Lake concluded that Mr Davis hanged himself.

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