Man died climbing ten foot gate in search for food in bins, inquest told

A man attempting to scale a ten-foot gate to rummage for food in bins became suspended on a spike and died an inquest heard. 

Botand Bordas, originally from Romania but living in Ireland since 2007 was 49 years old. He was climbing a gate to access a recycling yard used by Jury’s and Lidl when the accident happened at Moore Lane, Dublin City Centre on June 14 2015.

The man had reached the top of the ten foot high gate and was descending the other side when his t-shirt got caught on a spike. He was suspended from the spike and died due to hanging, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

The man, who had an address at O’Connor Avenue in Dublin 7, was described as funny, popular and very smart by family members. He had developed a problem with alcohol, the court heard.

“He was always attracted to negative things,” the man’s brother Ian Wottig said, speaking after the inquest.

The man’s body was found by a Lidl staff member carrying rubbish to the recycling yard. Emergency services were called and death was pronounced at the scene. Garda David Kenny of Store Street garda station viewed CCTV footage as part of his investigation.

“Homeless people regularly visit the compound looking for food and drink,” the garda said.

The recycling compound is closed off by a tall gate and CCTV footage showed Mr Bortand climbing the gate at 2.15pm.

“He reached the top and was on his way down the far side when his top got caught on a spike and he was suspended,” the garda said.

The inquest heard a new gate preventing access to the recycling compound has been erected since the incident. A post mortem report found Mr Bortand had a blood alcohol level of 192 mg per cent, which could have affected his balance and judgement, according to Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane. The autopsy carried out by Dr Crona Gallagher found the man had a small mark on his neck from the suspension and that death was due to hanging. The Coroner returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

The man’s brother said he had last seen him around three months beforehand.

“At first he was working, he had a pretty good life but he had a drink problem. I could not get on with him when he was drinking,” Mr Wottig said.

“It’s a very tragic story but the evidence is that this is something that happened very quickly so that is some small comfort to take,” Dr Cullinane said.


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