Thursday 25 December 2014

Cricket star was high on drugs when he died

Nick Hoult

Published 26/02/2013 | 13:37

Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard

AN inquest into the death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard has heard evidence of the player's consistent use of cocaine and ecstasy in the months before his fatal accident.

Maynard, 23, was electrocuted after stepping on a live track before his lifeless body was hit by a train, causing him to die from multiples injuries, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

The inquest today heard from a forensic pathologist who found traces of cocaine in urine samples taken after the accident. Hair samples found "consistent use" of cocaine and ecstasy in the three and a half months before Maynard's death. He had also been drinking heavily before being stopped by police, the court heard.

Police described the circumstances that led to Maynard being stopped in the early hours of the morning.

Officers in an unmarked car were patrolling the area looking for car thieves when they first saw Maynard's black Mercedes.

They pursued the vehicle and found the driver looking "nervous and uneasy" before he fled on foot.

Mr Maynard's best friend and flatmate, former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, England bowler Jade Dernbach, and girlfriend Carly Baker arrived at at Westminister Coroner's Court, sitting in Westminster Council Annex, for the inquest and are all due to give evidence later today in front of the jury.

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