A MAN who resumed his drug habit after a rift with his fiancée died after drinking a 'morphine smoothie' containing laced with a lethal overdose of alcohol and other narcotics, an inquest heard.

Recovering alcoholic Martin Woolley’s body was found by his partner, Lisa Bradford, in their bathroom in Genoa Close, Lymington, in May.

The Hamphire coroner could not determine whether Mr Woolley, a former support worker at Lymington New Forest Hospital, had tried to kill himself. He added he may have illegally obtained the drugs from a new friend branded a “bad influence” by Ms Bradford.

Police agreed to reopen inquiries into the man, named only as Joe, after they failed to find the source of the drug, Winchester Coroner’s Court was told.

The inquest heard how Mr Woolley, 37, had a history of alcoholism, heroin use, depression and self-harm, and had begun using and supplying bodybuilding steroids.

Ms Bradford, 24, said her fiancé had been off drugs and alcohol for more than a year after the second of two previous suicide attempts, where he crashed his car into a tree. They had set a date to marry next year.

A tearful Ms Bradford told how the relationship began to unravel after “Joe” met Mr Woolley at a gym and introduced him to the legal high mephedrone.

Ms Bradford came home from a night shift at around 8am on May 20 to find Mr Woolley dead on the floor, the inquest heard. Blood tests found morphine, mephedrone, alcohol and other painkillers in his system.

Detective Constable Martin Timmis suggested Mr Woolley had created a “morphine smoothie” with strawberries. Ms Bradford’s father slammed police for failing to speak to the man, claiming they had been shown his Facebook page.

Recording a verdict of drugs and alcohol-related death, senior central Hampshire coroner Grahame Short said it was “worrying” Mr Woolley was able to obtain the morphine.

“I suspect that friend had supplied that to him,” he added.

“Criminal offences appear to have been committed at some stage.”