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Man found dead in Starbucks doorway 'victim of pickpocket'

Jed Eddison was found in a doorway in Dublin
Jed Eddison was found in a doorway in Dublin

A man found dead in a Dublin doorway had been the victim of a pickpocket attempt shortly before he died, an inquest heard.

A rickshaw driver found Jed Eddison (30), of Ballynure, Grangecon, Co Wicklow, dead at the entrance to a Starbucks at 7.30am on October 11, 2015.

Mr Eddison, who worked for periods in Saudi Arabia, had been out socialising with friends over the weekend.

His mother, Karen, had dropped him in Naas two days before. She spoke to him at 9.45pm on the night before his death.

"He was on a street because I could hear the noise. He sounded coherent and normal," she said.

Ms Eddison said her son took prescription pills for anxiety, and she worried about him combining these with alcohol.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard how Mr Eddison suffered a beating before he attended a party in Clondalkin on the Friday night before his death.

Aoibhinn Brady said she not-iced scratches to his face when he arrived at her party.

"I got the impression it was someone he knew," Ms Brady said. "He left the next day with the two friends he had arrived with, I think."

On the Saturday, Mr Eddison rang a childhood friend, looking for a place to stay.

Rifle

"I told him I'd be back later and he could call then. He sounded tired, like he needed to sleep," said Darragh Moore.

Gardai examined CCTV footage in a bid to trace Mr Eddison's last movements.

It showed him in the com- pany of two men on Westmoreland Street at 2am.

"He is clearly intoxicated and the two males rifle through his pockets," Gda Kenny told the hearing.

"He is leaning against the railings, they are holding him up and then they escort him, one either side and place him in the doorway of Starbucks."

Gardai made contact with the man's uncle, Don Murray, who said he had trouble identifying Mr Eddison because of the marks to his face.

"I think whoever gave him the beating upset him. He made out he was a strong, tough guy, but really he was like jelly," Mr Murray said.

The cause of death was multiple drug toxicities including alcohol, benzodiazepines, heroin and cocaine.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said the combined effect of the drugs brought about the young man's death.

The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

Gardai arrested one of the men seen rifling through Mr Eddison's pockets and a file was prepared for the DPP, but no prosecution was directed.

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