A MAN whose naked body was found on a golf course in Ponteland died as a result of taking cocaine, an inquest heard. Frank Priest, who lived in Brunswick Village, was found by a member of the public at Ponteland Golf Club shortly before 9am on December 18 last year.
An inquest held at Howard House, North Shields, on Thursday heard that year-old Mr Priest had been reported as a missing person prior to his body being found.
Coroner Eric Armstrong said a man who was undertaking a bird survey at Ponteland Golf Club had come across his naked body in a ditch, after heading through a gap in the "Hexham courant dating nake" on the perimeter of the practice area.
The inquest heard he then went back to the clubhouse to contact emergency services, who came to the scene. Pathologist Dr Clive Bloxham summarised the cause of death as cocaine toxicity.
Mr Armstrong said he did not know whether Mr Priest had a particular history of abuse of cocaine, but said he did have a history of health problems and cannabis use.
He said the conditions were freezing, but the weather had not caused his death. Mr Armstrong recorded a verdict of misadventure, adding: Naked man died from cocaine overdose. Get involved with the news in your community.
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