Inquest into death of High Wycombe man Marcus Cottoy

originally by: Bucks Free Press
6th January 2011

A 31-year-old man who feared ‘people were after him’ died after consuming drugs, an inquest heard this week. Marcus Cottoy, of Hawthorne Road, Micklefield, died on March 22, 2009, hours after being arrested and sectioned in a mental health unit. The inquest into his death began in Winslow yesterday and is scheduled to last eight days. Mr Cottoy had become “paranoid” that people were following him on the previous night, the inquest heard.

At about midnight he pleaded with bar staff at the King George V pub on London Road to call the police, saying he had smashed a window with a pool ball and wanted to be arrested, the inquest heard. Barmaid Jeanette Saunders said Mr Cottoy feared people were “after” him and complained he had not slept for three days.

She said: “I asked him to leave and he said ‘come on I don’t want to smash the place up, but I will if I have to’. “I would say he was high as a kite, his eyes were popping out of his head. I thought he may have been taking drugs.”

The inquest heard he seemed “frightened of somebody” and kept saying he wanted to get arrested so he would be safe.

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