Tragic stairs fall death of Clitheroe barman (24)

Ben Hennessy and his partner of five years Mary Elizabeth Allott. (s)
Ben Hennessy and his partner of five years Mary Elizabeth Allott. (s)
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East Lancs coroner Mr Michael Singletonhas week re-opened the inquest into the death of Clitheroe man Benjamin Hennessy.

Benjamin (Ben), aged 24, of Bawdlands, received brain injuries after he fell down stairs at his home in July, hitting his head on the concrete floor.

The inquest heard that, two years previously, Ben, a barman who had worked at the Olive Press in Clitheroe and Mitton Hall, had been diagnosed with a rare benign spinal tumour which left him unable to use his right arm. He had also been experiencing difficulties with a weakness in his right leg, which had caused him to fall on a number of occasions.

Speaking to the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times after Ben died, his father Martin Hennessy said: “Ben touched the lives of so many and his death has left a huge hole in our lives. He was not only our son, but our best friend. He was a very loving person and always happy.”

After recording a verdict of accidental death, the coroner gave his condolences to the family and said that what they had gone through with Ben’s earlier health problems followed by his traumatic death was “unimaginable”.