James Paget Hospital murder probe victim 'a brilliant man'

The man arrested on suspicion of murdering James May has been released on bail

Related Stories

A hospital patient whose death has prompted a murder inquiry was a "really brilliant man", say neighbours.

Police are investigating whether James May, 76, had been given a drugs overdose before he died at the James Paget Hospital, in Norfolk.

A hospital worker was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday and has been bailed until November.

Neighbours of Mr May, who died on 20 September, described the Great Yarmouth man as "humble and welcoming".

Paying tribute to him, Matthew Palmer, 21, also said Mr May was a "good neighbour", "enthusiastic" and a "really brilliant man."

Mr May, a retired driving instructor, moved to Great Yarmouth about 10 years ago from London, in search of a quieter pace of life.

Polly, Mr May's terrier-cross James May's dog has been re-homed with friends

Diane Halliday, 67, also of Great Yarmouth, had known Mr May since he retired to the town and said he was a "genuinely nice chap".

Toxicology results

"It was so sad to think that he'd died, but to have all this [the investigation] as well is just unbelievable."

"He could have had a good few more years left... it knocks you back a bit to think this could have happened... you can't take it all in."

The James Paget University Hospital reported an allegation of medical malpractice in connection with Mr May's death, 10 days after the incident in September.

Det Ch Insp Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: "We are investigating an allegation that a drugs overdose was administered to a patient, leading to his death.

"A Home Office post-mortem, carried out earlier this week, determined the cause of Mr May's death as heart failure and we now await the results of further toxicology tests which will help inform our inquiry."

Mr May lived with his terrier-cross dog Polly and was a keen member of the Hemsby short mat bowls club. He also enjoyed time in his boat on the Norfolk Broads.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Norfolk

Weather

Norwich

Min. Night 2 °C

Features & Analysis

  • A very clever little girlBrain gain

    Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?


  • Don Roberto Placa Quiet Don

    The world's worst interview - with one of the loneliest men on Earth


  • Welsh society plaqueDistant valley

    How St David's Day is marked in one community far from Wales


  • Pakistani police officers escort Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, center, the main sispect in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014Freedom behind bars

    The luxury lifestyle of Pakistan's most notorious prisoner


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?

Programmes

  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.