Man found drowned in his bath after a night out drinking, Leicester court told
A 61-year-old man was found dead in the bath after a night out drinking.
Leonard Pettitt, of Leicester's West End, returned at 3.30am on August 26 to the house he shared with his ex-partner and her daughter.
An inquest at Leicester Coroner's Court yesterday heard that it was normal for Mr Pettitt to go to the pub five or six nights a week and have a bath after getting home.
Mr Pettitt's ex-partner, who is disabled, called upstairs to him at about 7.30am and heard no reply. She made her way upstairs and found him lying in the bath with his head under the water. Pc Verity Libby, who was called to the house later that morning, told the inquest Mr Pettitt's ex-partner said it was not unusual for him to go out drinking and he would often sleep in the bath.
She said he had been to a pub where the bar manager was aware of Mr Pettitt and said he would go in five or six times a week and usually have three pints of Guinness and a double whiskey at closing time.
"On the night in question, he went from there to another place, but it's not known where."
The pathologist recorded the cause of death as "drowning while under the influence of alcohol".
Assistant deputy coroner Lydia Brown recorded a verdict of accidental death.
She said: "There's no suggestion of a medical catastrophe or struggle, so the verdict is that this was a simple and sad accidental death."