A coroner has decided that a sailor who died from the effects of alcohol and heroin probably had the drug adminstered to him by someone else.Engineering Technician Charles Warrender, who was 22 and served in HMS Richmond, was found dead in the Seychelles in May last year.
His family are upset at the inquest verdict, saying they believe he was unlawfully killed.
He had been on a night off as part of the crews’s celebrations of the Queen’s birthday.
Giving a narrative conclusion at the inquest, Grimsby and North Lincolnshire Coroner Paul Kelly said: “There was no objective evidence of illicit drug use by the deceased. The overdose was likely administered by a third party.”
But the sailor’s mother, Kate Warrender, told The Lincolnshire Echo: “We are disappointed with the conclusion. We expected a conclusion of unlawful killing. We believe that he was murdered.”