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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carer found Cumbrian man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia dead

A Whitehaven man who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia was found dead at his home by his carer on New Year’s Day.

William Longcake, 57, of Mirehouse Road, also suffered from epilepsy and a heart condition.

A post mortem revealed Mr Longcake had an “excessive quantity’’ of an anti-psychotic drug in his system and there was evidence of tongue biting which was “probably’’ due to an epileptic event.

West Cumbria coroner, David Roberts, recorded a verdict of accidental death. “There is a possibility he may have been mixed up about his tablets.’’ Mr Roberts said.

An inquest, at West Cumbria Courthouse, heard Mr Longcake had been diagnosed with mental illness as a young man. He never married and lived with his parents until they both died. For a time, he worked as a process worker at the town’s Marchon factory.

John Longcake, Mr Longcake’s brother, said his death had come as a “complete surprise’’ to the family.


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