Family make compensation claim over death of man in public toilet

The family of a man who died through an abuse of alcohol and drugs in a public toilet are making a compensation claim against East Cambridgeshire District Council.

A member of the public found Justin Baker, 36, of Steward Close, Stuntney, dead in a cubicle at the Sacrist Gate toilets at 07:37 GMT on February 7th.

An inquest at Fenland Magistrates Court heard that on February 6th, at around 16:45 GMT, a council cleaner had noticed that one of the toilet cubicles was locked and that there was a rucksack or coat on the floor and heard sounds of groaning.

The cleaner finished her shift at 18:15 GMT and notified her boss, Derek Mitchell, that one of the cubicles was engaged and had been for some hours.

Mr Mitchell said he would check later and lock the toilets, but he did neither.

John Shepherd, Mr Baker’s step-father explained to the Ely Standard why they have made a compensation claim: "We felt that we had to take action to ensure that something like this does not happen to anyone else."

"In our view, council staff showed a distinct lack of humanity and care," he added.

Earlier this month, the family of 70-year-old David Gray, who died after being given an overdose by a GP, were awarded a compensation claim of GBP 40,000 for the doctor’s negligence.

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