Leicester

Accidental death verdict on Leicester canal man

A student whose body was recovered from a Leicester canal was drunk enough to be "impaired", an inquest has heard.

Phillip Dillon, 24, was last seen walking home along the Grand Union Canal after a night out on 20 February. His body was found on 18 March.

The hearing at Leicester town hall was told he would have had to duck under a low bridge where the path had no rail.

Donald Coutts-Wood, deputy Leicester coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard Mr Dillon had drowned and his body showed no signs of external injury.

His disappearance prompted a major search and his mother, Sue Charles, flew from her home in Australia to help.

The incident led to calls for more safety features, like signs or barriers, on the canal but Mr Coutts-Wood said the canal was a working waterway and extra signage would not have helped in this case.

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