A POLISH man who was found dead near Cork Simon earlier this year died from acute alcohol intoxication, an inquest has heard.
48-year-old Pawel Korbanek’s body was found on June 8 at the junction of Anderson’s Street and Lower Oliver Plunkett, close to the back of Cork Simon. The discovery was made by Sean Lee, who was staying at the Night Line in Cork Simon, when he left the building after 7am on June 8.
He returned minutes later to Cork Simon to tell staff he had seen a man lying on the street, and that he was “really blue and really cold”.
Cork Simon’s Ciara Carroll told yesterday's inquest at Cork City Coroners Court she knew the dead man who been a user of the service for four weeks.
He had not come to the Night Line service that night.
Garda Stuart Crichton said he was called to the scene and gave evidence of Mr Korbanek’s face being blue and his body being “ice cold”, with no signs of life. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He said CCTV footage from the Cork Simon shelter showed Mr Korbanek bedded down for the night with another man at 12.06am.
Garda Crichton said: “I could not tell if he was alive or breathing.”
He said the man who had been with him told Garda Crichton that he and Mr Korbanek had spent the previous day walking around and drinking. His former partner, Maria Kigdrowicz-Zyla, told the inquest that Mr Korbanek had been living with her for a period but told that the couple had split up after about a year together.
She said he had a problem with alcohol and had returned to drinking, after being off alcohol for some time. She said he moved out of her home on May 21 this year.
She told the coroner, Philip Comyn: “Pawel was addicted to alcohol from a young age. He tried to stop many times.”
Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster said there were low traces of a hypnotic drug from the Benzodiazepine class of drugs in his system, when she carried out the autopsy. She highlighted a presence of 566mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system. She said the lethal range for alcohol is 400mg.
She said the cause of death was acute alcoholic intoxication. She added that Mr Korbanek would have been in a coma and his death would have been very rapid.
Coroner Philip Comyn returned a verdict of death by misadventure. He extended his sympathies to his family and his former partner. No members of his family attended the inquest.
Sergeant Fergus Twomey said efforts would be made to inform his family in Poland of the results of the inquest. They were notified of his death earlier this year with the help of a Polish garda based in Cork city.