Dad of seven died before court case

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A FATHER of seven was dead in his home one day before he was due to appear in court.

A FATHER of seven was dead in his home one day before he was due to appear in court.Phillip Finlayson, of Chaucer Road, Peterborough, was found by police officers after a court warrant was issued when he failed to appear for his trial.

Mr Finlayson (53) was found lying on his bed in his pyjamas on March 26, this year.

A freshly-ironed shirt and suit was laying on a nearby ironing board.

An inquest, held at Peterborough Register Office, in Thorpe Road, heard how Mr Finlayson was taking medication for depression, and had a drink and drug problem.

Mr Finlayson was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and spent his childhood in the West Indies, before returning to the UK.

He soon started to get in trouble with the law, and spent time in jail.

He was diagnosed with a personality disorder in 1974.

The inquest heard how he had four children with his first wife, and two with his current partner.

He also had one child with another woman.

He worked as an electrical engineer, and was enjoying redecorating his new home in Chaucer Road.

Pc Christopher Baker told the inquest that he discovered Mr Finlayson’s body.

He said there was also drink and drug paraphenalia in the room.

Consultant pathologist at Peterborough District Hospital Michael Harris said: “I concluded that he died from an overdose of codeine, paracetamol and morphine, possibly heroin.”

City coroner Gordon Ryall recorded an open verdict, on Mr Finlayson adding: “He was a known drug abuser.

“It seems that he was preparing for court and had even got his suit out.

“However, there is no clear evidence to persuade me that it was suicide.

“My sympathies go to the deceased’s mother, children and family.”