Tuesday 12 December 2017

Alcohol and freezing cold claim another life

A garda outside the house in Drumcondra where the body of Sebastian Lis was found
A garda outside the house in Drumcondra where the body of Sebastian Lis was found

Allison Bray and Tom Brady

THE combination of alcohol and freezing cold has claimed another life.

A 38-year-old Polish man, Sebastian Lis, was found frozen to death outside his home in Dublin's north side early yesterday morning.

A post-mortem conducted on his body yesterday afternoon revealed he died from hypothermia and alcohol consumption.

Mr Lis's body was discovered lying on the pavement near his accommodation on Church Avenue in Drumcondra by friends.

He was carried into the house but the emergency services declared him dead when they arrived shortly before 2am.

Gardai have established that Mr Lis had been drinking with friends on Monday night but at some stage left the house and went outside.

When they went looking for him later, they found his body and immediately raised the alarm.

Gardai are treating the death as a tragic accident and have ruled out foul play.

Neighbours said they don't know much about Mr Lis, whom they believe had been living in the area for several years. He was known to drink heavily.


"We don't know who he is but if it's who I think, he looked about 50 but was only about 35," said local resident and musician Robert O'Connor.

His death brings to four the number of people who have died in the last four months due to the combination of sub-zero temperatures and alcohol or drug consumption.

Last month, the bodies of John "Little Elvis" Glennon (67) and Debbie McEvoy (63), a former nurse from Newry, Co Down, were found huddled together at a Drumalee Court flat in Stoneybatter, north Dublin.

Although they both suffered from health problems, they died from hypothermia.

Alcoholism was cited as a factor in the death of Mr Glennon, who only relied on an electric heater after switching off the gas supply several years ago.

In December, the body of Paul Doyle (33), from Bray, Co Wicklow, was found outside the doorway of a Tesco Express supermarket in the town shortly before 7am.

A post-mortem revealed he also died from hypothermia.

Mr Doyle, who suffered from mental health and addiction problems, had been sleeping rough for more than a year but was preparing to move into a local supported housing programme run the by the Five Loaves homeless centre.

Irish Independent

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