A MAN was found dead in Chester city centre after falling down steps, an inquest heard.
Kevin Edwards, 37, had been on a night out with friends in Chester and was eventually found at the bottom of some steps after being reported missing.
Mr Edwards, of Llanberis, Gwynedd, was found at the bottom of a stairwell at the side of the St John Street post office on November 7, 2011.
The inquest in Chester was told yesterday that Mr Edwards had been on a night out with friends in Chester and had gone to Cruise nightclub on St John Street.
Mr Edwards had been ejected from the club and had attempted to get back into the club twice before giving up and leaving.
He was last seen on CCTV going through an open gate at the side of the Post Office at 12.51am on November 6, 2011.
A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Edwards had died as a result of multiple injuries.
The deputy Cheshire coroner, Dr Janet Napier, tried at the hearing to estabish why the gate at the side of the post office had not been secured, but could not determine who had left it open as there were builders and post office workers using the side entrance at the time.
The hearing was told it was difficult to keep track of who was still in the building.
Post Office managers at the hearing said they no longer used the side gate in question and it now remained locked at all times.
Dr Napier concluded the death was accidental. She said: “It is a sad loss. Mr Edwards was just doing normal things, going out and enjoying himself.
She said Mr Edwards was ordered to leave Cruise nightclub and at about 12.50am he was seen walking up the steps in the alleyway between Cruise and the post office.
“He was reported missing and he was regrettably found dead at the bottom of some stairs on November 7. It was not possible to tell when the gate was left open but Kevin died in an area of the post office which is not open to the public.”
“He died of multiple injuries caused by an accident.”