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Coroner returns open verdict into death of man in Elm Park Takeaway

PUBLISHED: 13:23 19 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:51 19 July 2011

Walthamstow Coroner's Court

Walthamstow Coroner's Court

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A Coroner returned a open verdict into the death of a man who was found dead in a takeaway.

An inquest into the death of Baris Selvi at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court last Thursday heard that the 22-year-old was discovered by a man passing by the Ocean Fish And Chip Shop in The Broadway, Elm Park on Saturday January 29.

Coroner Mr Chinyere Inyama said: “There is a lack of evidence to be satisfied that he tried to take his own life.

“It is possible that he may have tried to get attention and did not intent to kill himself but I am not satisfied to the legal standards of other verdicts.”

The court heard that the co-owner of the shop was seen through the metal shutters by someone walking past, who then alerted the police and the emergency services.

The officer at the scene of the incident, PC Phillip Andrews told the court that there were no signs of a break in and they had to ask the London Fire Brigade for help in getting in to the shop.

Evidence was also heard from pathologist Dr Geraldine Soosay, which heard that alcohol was found in his body and Mr Selvis was twice the drink drive limit.

The court heard from the GP reports that Mr Selvi was a fit and healthy man and was seen by the doctor earlier in the month because he was feeling tired.

Earlier the inquest heard that Mr Selvis had spoken to his parents just a couple of days before his death but they did not think there was anything wrong with him.

His mum said that she believed that he was in a low mood but did not think anything of it because he had his own business and there was nothing wrong with the family.


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