A man died of liver failure after being found cold and wet in a street by a school caretaker going to check on an alarm.

Lee Dempsey, 44, was found by Stephen Williams as he was on his way to check why an alarm was going off in the early hours of the November morning.

An inquest in Pontypridd heard the caretaker received a call about the alarm at 1.20am on November 15 last year and went to check the school.

On his way to the school, which was not named in the hearing, he noticed a man who appeared to be drunk leaning against a brick wall by a fish and chip shop.

The hearing was told it was “a very cold night” and Mr Williams called 999 because he was worried the man looked like he could not get up.

Police officers attended at around 2.20am and found Mr Dempsey lying on the floor next to some railings, unable to stand or speak.

The officers observed he appeared to be intoxicated and was showing signs of hypothermia as he was cold and wet.

Mr Dempsey was taken to accident and emergency at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Dr Antony Osborne confirmed high levels of alcohol and paracetamol were found in his blood. No illegal substances were found.

The hearing was told Mr Dempsey, from Bridgend, had been drinking heavily following the death of his mother and he was in contact with alcohol and drug services.

His GP Alison Jones confirmed he had been admitted to accident and emergency several times due to intoxication.

 

She said he visited a mental health nurse in 2017 and stated he was drinking a bottle of wine a day. He was prescribed anti-depressants. 

Dr Osborne said treatment was withdrawn following consultation with the liver unit and Mr Dempsey died soon afterwards.

He found the cause of death was acute liver failure caused by excess alcohol and paracetamol in the context of depression.

Coroner Ian Boyes recorded a conclusion of death by natural causes.