Coroner’s warning after Bovingdon prisoner dies from liver cirrhosis

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A coroner has warned the public of the dangers of excessive drinking after a prisoner at Bovingdon’s The Mount died from blood loss brought on by liver cirrhosis.

The inquest of David McAllister, 55, was heard at Herts Coroners Court today.

The court heard that he was taken to Watford General Hospital for treatment for his liver cirrhosis on November 20 last year.

Coroner Edward Thomas said that the next day at 6.30am, he began vomiting blood – something he had also suffered from in the past.

Mr Thomas told the court that at 8.50am, he became very unwell, complaining of abdominal pain.

He died later that day from blood loss, after liver cirrhosis brought on by hepatitis C caused the veins in his oesophagus to rupture, causing him to vomit blood.

A post-mortem found that his liver had turned yellow.

After the inquest, coroner Edward Thomas said: “Be careful – drink too excessively and that will happen to you.”

Verdict: natural causes.