Man found dead at Gloucestershire trading estate
By Court reporter | 15th September 2021
A 41-year-old Polish man who had become homeless and was sleeping at his Gloucester place of work was found dead there with 'sharp force injuries to the neck,' an inquest has heard.
At Gloucestershire Coroner's Court last week an inquest was held into the death of Pawel Zaucha, who arrived in the UK last summer and was found dead by a work colleague at the unit on Tuffley Trading Estate on April 10 this year.
The inquest heard that Adam Gollunski had tried to contact his friend and colleague before he arrived at work at the company's premises in Gloucester but was unable to do so, which he said was 'unusual'.
On arrival at the Anglo/Polish import and export company, which had been secured with padlocks on the outside, he found Mr Zaucha lying in a blood-stained state in the hallway with sharp force injuries to his neck.
He immediately called the emergency services but paramedic Lydia Powell confirmed that Mr Zaucha was already deceased. Life was pronounced extinct at 8.15am.
Home Office Pathologist Dr Ryk James visited the site and concluded there was a 'complicated distribution of blood throughout the scene.' Mr Zaucha's hands flexed in front of his chest and that his hands were clenched.
Dr James said: "Mr Zaucha's neck had a series of gaping wounds drenching his fleece top all over.
"Nearby there was a pool of blood. At the end of the hallway was a shower cubicle, which also contained a large quantity of blood at lower levels, the spray of which had extended into the toilet area where Mr Zaucha's own boot prints could be identified as having walked on it.
"In the shower tray was a heavily blood-soaked cut throat razor."
Mr Zaucha's body was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for examination.
Dr James concludes: "There was no sign of third party involvement, or defensive injuries, grip or restraint, on Mr Zaucha, nor any blunt injuries on his body.
"The wounds to his neck were caused by a sharp implement. The extensive haemorrhage is the resulting of the opening of both jugular veins which would have led to his death.
"There are two smaller wounds which could have been caused by a different implement, but it did not penetrate the skin deeply enough to establish what caused the injury. In effect any pointed implement could have caused the smaller wounds.
"The medical cause of death is sharp forced injury to the neck."
The inquest heard that Mr Zaucha had used amphetamine immediately prior to his death but the toxicologist was unable to state how it had affected his state of mind as it could not be determined conclusively. There was a low level of alcohol in his body.
DC Zoe Hamilton said: "The death of Mr Zaucha is not being treated as suspicious."
The inquest heard that Mr Zaucha's identity had been confirmed with immigration officers at the Home Office by the use of his finger prints and Gloucestershire Police's family liaison officer who was sent a photograph of Mr Zaucha by his sister.
Roland Wooderson, the assistant coroner for Gloucestershire said: "Mr Zaucha was a 41 year old man of no fixed abode and had been correctly identified.
Mr Wooderson recorded a narrative conclusion: "Mr Zaucha died on April 10 this year after being found unresponsive at GL Parcels on the tuffley Trading Estate in Kingsway in Gloucester. Paramedics were called and confirmed that he died at the scene.
"A post mortem the cause of the death was established as sharp forced injury to the neck and police have confirmed that there was no third-party involvement."
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