Drinker drowned in river

A man drowned in a river after consuming almost four-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit in alcohol, an inquest heard yesterday .Karl Waller, 38, who was a known drinker, was last seen by his girlfriend two days before his body was spotted by a passerby at the Little Ouse near Spring Walk, Thetford, on September 7 last year.

A man drowned in a river after consuming almost four-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit in alcohol, an inquest heard.

Karl Waller, 38, who was a known drinker, was last seen by his girlfriend two days before his body was spotted by a passerby at the Little Ouse near Spring Walk, Thetford, on September 7 last year.

Giving evidence at the hearing at Norwich last Wednesday, Maureen Bugeja said Mr Waller had left their home at Baron Court, Old Market Street, with a large bottle of vodka which was three-quarters full at about 6pm on September 5.

He had walked into another room to have a conversation on his mobile, which she said was unusual for him, and then said he had to go out. She did not see him again.


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PC Pete Warby, who was called to Spring Walk, said there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Waller had 374mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - the drink-drive limit is 85mg - which Home Office pathologist Nat Carey described as "severe".

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Greater Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong recorded a verdict of accidental death as a result of drowning while under the influence of alcohol.

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