A MAN quizzed in connection with an alleged Wearside murder died of a combination of drink and drugs, an inquest heard.
Trevor Kellet, of Railway Terrace, South Hylton, was arrested after the death of 46-year-old John Hall, whose body was found with multiple injuries at West Rainton last year.
Thirty-four-year-old Mr Kellet was released on bail but had been told he would face no further action in connection to the investigation.
An inquest heard he had been found dead at his former partner’s home in Avenue Vivan, Fence Houses, at around 9.50am on November 16.
He had a small amount of alcohol and diazepam in his system, but potentially lethal levels of morphine and tramadol.
Death was due to bronchopnuemonia, caused by the combination of alcohol and drugs.
A bottle of oramorph, a liquid morphine, was found next to the body but had not been prescribed to him. Investigations into where it came from are continuing.
The hearing was told Mr Kellet had travelled to Fence Houses on the day before he died. DC David Nelthorpe said: “I think he was in a poor condition and he was allowed to enter the premises for his own wellbeing.
“We understand he spent the night on the settee. I understand there was drink consumed and there might have been drugs but that has not been fully established.”
Coroner Derk Winter ruled that Mr Kellet had not intended to take his own life and recorded a verdict of misadventure.