Man who survived having penis severed in incident dies from asphyxiation, inquest hears
A steelworker who survived having his penis and testicles severed last year might have died as a result of auto-erotic asphyxiation, an inquest has heard.
Kelly Hewitt, 41, was covered in blue paint with a ligature around his neck and another round what remained of his penis when he was discovered in his caravan at a travellers' site in South Bank, Middlesbrough, last month.
During the hearing at Teesside Coroner's Court, it emerged that his family suspected Mr Hewitt might have caused the severe injuries to his groin when he was found in a distressed state by the A66 in March last year.
Teesside coroner Clare Bailey, sitting in Middlesbrough, said using the ligatures "may have been an act of some sort of erotic nature".
She concluded the hard-working and much-loved father of six children and two grandchildren died as a result of misadventure.
Mr Hewitt planned revenge on the person he claimed attacked him last year, his step-father Gary Hawkan said in a statement to the inquest.
As the pair talked in hospital, Mr Hawkan said: "He knew who was responsible and he would sort it out, we were ready for pay-back and revenge."
But when he was released from hospital, there was no vengeance.
Mr Hawkan said: "We never looked for anyone.
"I think he did it himself.
"He was a fighter and a strong lad, he knew how to handle himself.
"You would have thought he would be covered in bruises and the caravan would have been trashed."
But Mr Hewitt denied the claim, his step-father said, and got angry. "It was never really discussed further," he said.
Cleveland Police arrested a man at the time but he was never charged.