'Delirium' led to death in custody, inquest is told
A MAN who died in garda custody after being found running around naked, was suffering from "excited delirium" and had a sudden heart attack while he was restrained, an inquest has heard.
William 'Billy' Kavanagh (58), from Edenmore Crescent in Raheny, Dublin, died just after midnight on June 5, 2009. He had been found naked on the street in Bayside, north Dublin.
He had been involved in a number of incidents in the preceding hours, including an unprovoked assault on his brother-in-law. At Dublin Coroner's Court, State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy said the most likely cause of death was a cardiac event, precipitated by events including his restraint by gardai and a clinical state akin to excited delirium. The inquest continues.