Mystery surrounds death of Exmouth man in Canada, inquest hears.

PUBLISHED: 13:12 05 February 2018

County Hall. Ref exe 04-17 5978. Picture: Terry Ife

County Hall. Ref exe 04-17 5978. Picture: Terry Ife


An open verdict has been recorded for the death of Christopher Baynham, 27, of Marley Road.

An Exmouth man found dead on the toilet at a Canadian hostel was heard stumbling around and vomiting by neighbours, an inquest heard.

The inquest at County Hall, Exeter, was told how Christopher Baynham, 27, of Marley Road, had been attending a photo shoot in Toronto, Canada, on March 3, 2015.

Neighbours heard him ‘stumbling and vomiting’ in his room at around midnight and again a couple hours later.

The next morning his bathroom door was locked and once management staff gained access Mr Baynham was found dead slumped forward on the toilet.

The inquest heard how a brown bottle, which may have contained poppers, was also found.

A post mortem report failed to find a cause of death and toxicological examinations only found a ‘non-lethal’ amount of alcohol in his blood.

Senior coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon Dr Elizabeth Earland recorded an open verdict.

She said: “I am satisfied that over night on March 3, 2015, Christopher Baynham collapsed in the bathroom after returning at midnight from a photo shoot, between 8pm and 10pm, intoxicated and vomiting.

“No suspicious circumstances were involved and there is no evidence of any foul play.”

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