Celtic's fan death inquest
The death of a young Scottish man, whose body was found at the bottom of the stairs in a Bundoran house last September, has been deemed “a tragic and unfortunate accident”.
An inquest into the death of 22-year-old Victor Hendry from New Stevenson, Motherwell at Donegal Coroner’s Court heard yesterday that he had been found at the property at Dartry Close after a night out
The hearing heard that he had arrived in Bundoran on Thursday, September 22 last with his cousins after flying from Glasgow to Derry for the Hills of Donegal Celtic Supporters Festival.
He was described as being “in good form” and was “laughing and joking”.
The group had headed out to Paris nightclub and then was brought him back to the house before midnight by his cousin who left him to return to the club and said that he was in his bed and had “seemed fine”.
When the group returned to the house at 12.30am, Mr Hendry was found at the bottom of the stairs with a cut to his head.
The family tried to wake him up and he opened his eyes before he was carried onto the couch and placed in the recovery position.
He was checked on him at 4.30am and found to be snoring but at 7.50am, he could not be wakened and was not breathing.
The hearing was told that a family member had attempted CPR on Mr Hendry before the emergency services arrived but he was pronounced dead at 8.20am.
An autopsy report found that there had been impact to the brain and a skull fracture.
The court also heard that Mr Hendry had fallen over in the street five months previously.
The jury returned a verdict of death in accordance with the medical evidence due to a brain injury and expressed their sympathies to Mr Hendry’s family who had traveled from Scotland for the inquest.