Exmouth student died after coming home from Japan, inquest hears.

PUBLISHED: 11:13 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:13 28 June 2018

Devon County Hall, where councillors have voted to increase their personal allowances by 15 per cent.

Devon County Hall, where councillors have voted to increase their personal allowances by 15 per cent.

Archant

A student from Exmouth died after returning home from a break in Japan where he was at university.

Harrison Beer suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome and had returned to the UK to visit his mother who was ill herself.

He had said before he left:”35 or so hours’ journey back to the UK - why must I live so far away.”

His mother said that her only son had taught himself to speak Japanese when he was just 12 and had won a scholarship to read chemistry.

But just days before he was due to fly back to university at Nagoya, 20 year old Harrison was found dead in his bed by his mother at her home in Exmouth.

His shocked mum found drug paraphernalia in his bed and said she was shocked that he had smoked heroin.

Kim Teed told the Exeter inquest that her son was happy and ‘loved his life out in Japan’ and was anti drugs.

But she said his chronic fatigue meant he could not sleep even when he was exhausted and he needed sleeping tablets which fuelled some depression.

She said she was ‘really shocked’ that he took any drugs and ‘certainly heroin’.

The assistant Devon coroner Luisa Nicholson said Harrison’s cause of death was ‘unascertained’ and recorded an open conclusion.

She said it would not be fair on Harrison to say it was a drug related death because ‘we don’t know what happened’.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

An Exmouth woman has overcome her fears to complete an abseil to raise vital funds for a charity which supported her cousin prior to her death.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Take a peek at the brilliant pictures our readers have been sharing for our birds photo challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Retirees invited to Jazz Garden Party to eat cake and make friends

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

The classic vehicle event in Exmouth raised almost £1,500 for charity

Read more
Fri, 14:32

A consultation exercise to find out how the people of Exmouth want the town’s seafront regeneration to progress will close next month, it has been revealed.

Read more
Fri, 13:08

A playgroup treasurer who stole thousands of pounds that should have been paid in PAYE was caught when tax inspectors turned up to ask about the missing money.

Read more
Fri, 07:00

Lucky Lympstone pre-schoolers receive high-tech gifts

Read more
Thu, 17:00

New images have been released showing how a new multi-million-pound deaf academy being built in Exmouth is likely to look.

Read more
Thu, 16:32

Exmouth’s Repair Café has played host to a wide variety of guests recently, including a rabbit, a horse and a donkey.

Read more
Thu, 15:37

Lisa ‘takes the best of blues, country, gospel and soul, and utterly transforms them’

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Find planning applications