Death Of Former BBC Journalist Who Was Found Lifeless Next To His Dead Partner Remains A Mystery, Says Coroner

Death of former BBC journalist who was found lifeless next to his dead partner remains a mystery, says coroner

The dying of a former BBC journalist will stay a thriller, an inquest heard.


John Stevenson, 68, was discovered useless on the ground of his lounge with the physique of his companion alongside him.


South Wales Central coroner’s court docket heard the invention was made on March 12, 2020 by police who had compelled entry to their rented terrace residence in Aberdare.


A district nurse had raised considerations after she had been unable to see Mr. Stevenson or his companion, Mark Turner.


The court docket heard the precise circumstances of Mr. Stevenson’s dying weren’t identified however it’s doubtless he died from pure causes as a consequence of poor well being having suffered a stroke.


Mr. Stevenson was found in a seated place on the ground of the lounge, which was used as his bed room, whereas Mr. Turner’s physique was face down subsequent to him.


Guide forensic pathologist Dr. Stephen Leadbeatter carried out a autopsy examination of the previous journalist’s physique and carried out varied checks however was unable to ascertain a reason behind dying.


“The youthful man’s arms seemed to be able suggesting an try by him to raise the opposite man,” Dr. Leadbeatter mentioned.


“I understood additional that crime scene investigators had seen nothing suggesting violence or a battle on the premises.”


Consultants dominated out carbon monoxide poisoning in addition to an “electrical accident”, the inquest in Pontypridd was advised.


“Whereas I’m unable to supply a particular anatomical rationalization for dying, I discovered no proof to point trauma performed a component within the dying,” Dr. Leadbeatter added.


He gave the reason for dying as “unascertained”.


The inquest heard Mr. Stevenson, a former BBC Wales political correspondent, had retired in 2013 and moved from north Wales to Aberdare in 2017.


Buddy Bethan Worth, a former BBC colleague, mentioned her final contact with Mr. Turner was on February 26. She mentioned Mr. Stevenson had suffered a second stroke in 2017 and his mobility and speech declined, with Mr. Turner performing as his full-time carer.


“I used to be in common contact with Mark. My final contact with Mark was on February 26. I texted once more on March 8 and obtained no reply. John’s daughter contacted me on March 13 notifying me of their deaths,” she mentioned.


The inquest heard a nurse attended their residence on March 5 for a routine appointment however couldn’t get a solution.


Police have been alerted when a follow-up name was made every week later, which additionally obtained no response.


James Morris, a detective with South Wales Police, mentioned: “Each gents have been deceased within the lounge.


“It seems Mark might have been attempting to tug Mr. Stevenson up from the ground.”


South Wales Central Assistant Coroner David Regan mentioned it was “doubtless” Mr. Stevenson died previous to March 12 however he was unable to provide a precise date of dying.


“Mr Stevenson had a earlier medical historical past of stroke and considerably lowered mobility,” he mentioned.


“On March 12 he was discovered deceased on the ground of the lounge of his residence by police responding to a welfare concern.


“Additionally current was his deceased companion who cared for him. The property was safe and there was no suspicion of the involvement of some other individual.


“Whereas it has not been doable to determine the reason for Mr. Stevenson’s dying, it’s more likely to be pure.”


Mr. Regan recorded a conclusion of pure causes.No proof was given of the circumstances of Mr. Turner’s dying.

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