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Jamie Lawrence, 20, was found dead in room after night out
A YOUNG York man was found dead in his bedroom after a night out with friends, an inquest has heard.
Jamie Lawrence, 20, was found at his family home in Strensall on the morning of January 19. The inquest, at New Earswick Folk Hall, heard Jamie had been drinking in the Six Bells pub, before being given a lift home by the owner, Graham Clark, when it started to snow.
A statement from Mr Clark read by the coroner said: “Nothing he had said or done would raise any alarm bells with me. To this day I just can’t understand how he could have gone in and harmed himself in any way. At no point in the years I have known him has he come across as depressed, down or morose in any way.”
A statement from Jamie’s father, Joseph Lawrence, said neither he or his wife had heard Jamie return from the pub, but when he woke in the morning he noticed Jamie’s bedroom light was on.
He tried the door but could not open it, and said he thought he had fallen asleep on the floor as he had done in the past.
Trying again, he found Jamie was wearing the same clothes he’d had on in the pub the previous evening, and had a scarf tied around his neck which was attached to the door.
Coroner Donald Coverdale said there was no evidence to suggest Jamie had committed suicide, and returned an open conclusion.
He said: “This clearly has come as a surprise and shock to members of this family, because in all evidence I have seen, there is not the slightest suggestion he intended to harm himself in any way or take his life.”
Speaking after the inquest, Joseph Lawrence thanked his family and friends for their support since Jamie’s death.