“Sorry” text message before drug related death

PUBLISHED: 11:40 10 June 2010

A TEXT reading “Sorry I have let you down again” was the last message a wife received from her husband shortly before he died of a drug overdose, an inquest has heard.

Martin Scott, 39, from Brewers End, Takeley, was found dead at his home on February 2 after taking a lethal cocktail of heroin, morphine and cocaine.

Mr Scott had been a user of recreational drugs but is understood to have been “clean” for a sustained period of time prior to his death.

In a statement read out by coroner Chinyere Inyama during the inquest in Chelmsford on Friday (May 28), Mr Scott’s wife, Kelly, said: “He left to go shopping in Harlow in the morning and was his usual chirpy self. He came back really late after I went to bed.”

When asked if she was surprised about his death, she replied “very”. She added: “I thought he might be using, but I didn’t know – I’ve never done these bad things.”

According to toxicology reports Mr Scott had taken morphine and heroin and also a smaller amount of cocaine. That mix led to him suffering from a heart attack and he subsequently died at his home.

Mr Inyama recorded a verdict of accidental death. Summing up he said: “He did not intend to take his own life. I give my condolences to his wife and his children.”

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