Sunderland man climbed into a bin and died

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A MAN’S body was found four days after he climbed into a wheelie bin at the back of a Sunderland street.

John Robert Albert Sumner’s body was later discovered at a recycling plant in Washington where the bin was emptied.

Forensic teams at Washington Recycling Centre

Forensic teams at Washington Recycling Centre

Mr Sumner, 26, had been out drinking to celebrate a friend’s birthday on June 19, an inquest into his death at Sunderland Coroner’s Court heard.

During the day, he became aggressive as he and the group moved on from the Willow Pond pub in Millfield to drink at a house.

CCTV footage played in court showed Mr Sumner, who lived in Maydown Close in Sunderland, wandering in the back lane of Hylton Road at about 7am the following morning.

He then opened the lid of a bin before climbing in.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Jennifer Bolton revealed that Mr Sumner had cocaine, diazepam and alcohol in his system.

Dr Bolton told the hearing that the cocaine was the most likely cause of his death.

She said: “With cocaine, it’s not a case that the more you take, the more likely you are to die. Taking it puts you at risk of sudden death. That’s because it has an effect on the heart.”

Following Mr Sumner’s disappearance, a murder investigation was launched by Northumbria Police.

Detective sergeant Barbara McGough told the hearing that following interviews with friends and associates of Mr Sumner, his last moments were uncovered.

Mr Sumner’s body was found at a waste management site in Wilden Road, Washington on June 24 when the bin he was in was emptied.

In a statement after the inquest, Mr Sumner’s parents John and Liz and his brother Christopher, who all attended the hearing, said: “We are devastated at the sudden death of our dear son John. We will never come to terms with the tragic events that took place on June 20. However, we have many treasured memories of the 26 years we shared with him.”

l Conclusion: John Robert Albert Sumner died as a result of misadventure