Accident verdict at Karl Law inquest

Karl Law
Karl Law
  • Coroner says man who went missing during Prague stag weekend was fun loving family man
  • Jury told Fareham man had drank and taken drugs before death
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AN INQUEST into the death of a man that went missing while on a stag do in Prague has ruled that the tragedy was an accident.

A large search was launched when Karl Law, from Fareham, went missing while on his cousin’s stag do in Prague.

He was a good father and he had gone on a perfectly innocent trip with his friends to have a good time on a stag weekend.

Coroner David Horsley

The alarm was raised when the 34-year-old became separated from the group of 12 men on November 16 and did not return to the hotel where there were staying.

His body was found three weeks later on December 7 in the river of the Czech capital.

Senior coroner David Horsley heard that Karl had been drinking and taking drugs - cocaine and ketamine - during the trip.

Eugene Small, who had been friends with Karl for 12 years, said the group had bought the cocaine in Prague.

He said Karl was a popular and eccentric friend.

He said: ‘No one disliked Karl everyone liked him.’

Karl was only wearing his underwear when his body was found.

A post-mortem carried out by Czech authorities found his body to have high level of ethanol consistent with heavy drinking and traces of benzodiazepine medications, which Mr Horsley said had possibly been mixed into the cocaine.

There were no injuries and the authorities ruled his death to be due to drowning.

Hundreds of tributes were paid to the popular father-of-one and his heartbroken fiancee Amanda Collins spoke of her and their three-year-old son Lenny’s grief.

She said: ‘He was just a fun loving family man who loved his family and friends.’

Mr Horsley said: ‘He was a good father and he had gone on a perfectly innocent trip with his friends to have a good time on a stag weekend. I cannot express my sorrow for you and the boy who has lost his father enough.’

Mr Horsley ruled Karl’s death as an accident and said that the most likely scenario was that Karl had fallen into the river and drowned as he was intoxicated.

There was a huge outpouring of support from the community, with thousands of pounds being raised to support the family and scores of yellow ribbons being put up around lampposts in Fareham.