Prison leaver found dead on Skegness beach
A SOLVENT abuser who led a nomadic lifestyle was found dead on Skegness beach on Christmas Day – just days after being released from prison.
An inquest into the death of William Griffiths, 46, heard that he had died of natural causes relating to heart disease.
His body was discovered face down in sand dunes at Seacroft Esplanade by a dog walker on Christmas Day last year.
A toxicology report showed that there had not been any recent consumption of alcohol or drugs.
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The inquest held at Spilsby heard that he had refused any health care involvement for drug-induced psychosis and help in securing accommodation upon his release from Lincoln Prison on December 19.
Just two days after his release, he was seen by police on Skegness beach after becoming aggressive.
Following a search, Mr Griffith handed over solvents, including a bag of glue and jars of wood polish.
He was offered an opportunity to be taken to Witham Lodge Salvation Army Centre but Mr Griffiths refused, saying he liked the beach.
Central Lincolnshire Coroner, Stuart Fisher said: "Mr Griffiths had been in and out of prison and was released from Lincoln on December 19.
"I understand that when Mr Griffiths was not in prison, he led a nomadic way of life, including living rough."
When in prison, he was described as being a quiet and isolated individual, despite showing aggressive behaviour while out in the community.
His offending history included theft, public nuisance offences, breach of an anti-social behaviour order, and he had a conviction for indecent exposure where he had been placed on the sexual offences register.
Mr Fisher said the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which deals with mental health issues in the community, had carried out a review following Mr Griffiths death.
A number of recommendations had been made to adapt their care programme approach in prisons, including a review of the discharge procedure and risk assessments.
Mr Fisher said: "It appears positive steps have been taken by the health trust to help lessen the risks of similar failings in the future. However in fairness to the mental health trust, it is clear that Mr Griffiths personally wanted to make his own arrangements on being released from prison."
The inquest heard that Mr Griffiths had been abusing solvents since the age of 11.
He was brought up in Hampshire and was placed into care after being physically abused.
He started abusing solvents and resulted to criminal activity.
He moved around the country and had had no fixed address since 2007.
The inquest heard Mr Griffiths was estranged from his family and significant efforts had been made to trace them following his death but were unsuccessful.