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Stanmore woman died of fractured skull
2:30pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A Winchester woman who suffered from alcoholism “was a time-bomb waiting to explode,” an inquest heard.
Roberta Twamley, 67, died at her home in Sheridan Close, Stanmore, earlier this year after falling down some stairs and fracturing her skull. The Winchester inquest heard she had drunk a large quantity of alcohol.
Her body was found at the bottom of the stairs by her youngest son, Paul Walker, who called the emergency services. A post-mortem examination found that Mrs Twamley’s body contained 276mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood; approximately three and a half times the legal drink-drive limit.
Deputy coroner, Simon Burge heard Mrs Twamley had a long history of alcohol abuse, which she had sought support for several times later in life, following her service in the Army. Mrs Twamley leaves behind sons Mark, Neil and Paul.
Mr Burge said: “Without Paul, Roberta would have neglected herself. She was an alcoholic and she was a time-bomb waiting to explode, so to speak.”
He recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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