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Bodybuilder fell to his death on Snowdon after taking cocaine

A former bodybuilder who fell 40ft to his death on Mount Snowdon had just taken cocaine, an inquest has hear..

By admin , in England , at November 23, 2018

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A former bodybuilder who fell 40ft to his death on Mount Snowdon had just taken cocaine, an inquest has heard.

Malcolm Tinsley, a 27-year-old doorman from St Helens, Merseyside, had found the hike up the the tallest peak in Wales hard going, his friend Stephen Brown said.

Mr Brown told the inquest: Malcolm was taking telephone calls and making texts and kept catching me up.

Caption: Malcolm Tinsley, 26, from St Helens, Merseyside, died after falling from Mount Snowdon in Wales in August 2017

Malcolm Tinsley, a 27-year-old doorman, was found to have taken cocaine before falling to his death Picture: Liverpool Echo)

He found it hard going. He would have found it easy if he didnt make the telephone calls or texts. He was lagging behind and having to run to catch me up.

When they reached the summit, Mr Brown said Mr Tinsley took out the bag of cocaine and asked him to take a picture.

He said: Thats the first time Ive seen him with the cocaine. I presume he had been taking it going up.

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He asked me to take a photograph of him with a bag of cocaine at the top.



Mr Tinsley apparently seemed happy, but 30 minutes after starting their descent the walk turned to tragedy.

Mr Brown heard Mr Tinsley shout before falling 40ft down the rock face.

The summit of Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales

He had been climbing Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales (Picture: Getty)

He said: I can only guess he lost his balance. He went and peered over the edge. Its a jagged rock.

Jason Tunnicliffe, who was with another group on the peak, said he saw the pair had been laughing before the fall.

He saw Mr Tinsley in the air flipping as he plunged to his death.

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The coroner said he had come across cases of drugs being taken to help walkers cope with the strain of the physical exertion and falling at the location wasnt unusual.

North West Wales senior coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said diazepam had been taken, in addition to the cocaine.

He added that when cocaine played a part in fatalities a carefree attitude is part of the characteristics in all those cases.

Pathologist Dr Mark Lord said there was extensive head injury but also cocaine in the blood, which he would have been intoxicated by.