SEVERAL inquests have recently been opened at Oxford Coroner’s Court.

Assistant coroner Nicholas Graham opened the inquest into three deaths on Thursday, May 23.

The first inquest opened was Gareth Hughes, a 42-year-old electrician who died on March 23 last year at his home address in Russ Avenue, Faringdon.

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He was found unresponsive at his home and his death was verified by a paramedic at 11.59pm.

Following a post-mortem examination, a medical cause of death has been provided at bronchopneumonia on a background of chest injuries, alcohol liver disease and emphysema.

A full inquest will take place on September 3 at 10am.

The second inquest was into the death of James Turner, an 89-year-old Church of England vicar from Kidlington who died on May 14 this year.

He was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital where it’s believed he aspirated on medication. His cause of death has been provided as aspiration pneumonia and heart failure.

A full inquest will take place on September 16 at 2pm.

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The third inquest was Michael Whitehead, a 94-year-old painter and decorator from Abingdon  who died at the John Radcliffe Hospital on May 14.

He was admitted after suffering a fall on April 23 which resulted in a subdural and sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.

A full inquest into his death is due to take place on May 24 at 10am.