Keswick man died after fall from bedroom window

Date: Friday 4th March 2011

THE inquest into the death of an 82-year-old Keswick man who fell from a window at his home in Crosthwaite Road last year was held on Tuesday.

Deputy coroner for North West Cumbria Simon Ward recorded an open verdict into the death of John Noel Baxter, of Heathfield, Crosthwaite Road.

He was found by his wife, Jean, on the patio directly outside an open bedroom window. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Newcastle General Hospital. However, when he arrived he was in cardiac arrest and the trauma team could not resuscitate home. A post mortem revealed the cause of death was a traumatic brain injury.

The inquest heard that Mr. Baxter suffered from high blood pressure and angina. He was prescribed medication early in 2010 for an element of depression. The couple were victims of the November floods in 2009 and had to move out of their home for eight months.

His wife told the inquest her husband was not well before the flood, but had a stroke in March last year and was in hospital for 10 days. Mrs. Baxter said: “After the stroke he wasn’t eating or sleeping well.” She said on the day in question her husband had eaten his breakfast as normal, before going upstairs. When she went outside she found him on the patio outside. The window above was wide open.

Mr. Baxter’s son John told the inquest his father had become increasingly worried about money and his investments. His father had been to see him the night before his death and was worried he was going to be put out of the house.

Mr. Baxter said: “I couldn’t understand what was going on. He just kept saying, ‘I am sorry lad’.”

He told the corner he did not think his father was depressed, but he had “always looked on the black side of things”.

Deputy corner Mr. Ward said there was nothing he had heard which led him to believe Mr. Baxter wanted to harm himself and there was no clear evidence of what had happened that day. He therefore recorded an open verdict.