After a 10-day drug binge, 45-year-old “Tank” jumped off a “high wall” and to his death. Carl Bage’s body was discovered on a concrete patio in a residential backyard.
Both his spine and his ability were broken. An inquest heard that Carl, who had just been released from prison, had been using narcotics with a buddy who resided there.
Reports from StokeonTrentLive state that the inquest heard that on March 26, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m., police were summoned to the assisted care facility.
“Paramedics suspected the death was drug-linked,” DC David Jackson testified during the inquest. His acquaintance was a resident there. For many years, he had been acquainted with Carl. They had been heavily dosing on illegal narcotics for at least ten days.
In the middle of the morning, his companion left. He went out of his house’s rear exit and ran into Carl. The thought had crossed his mind that he was dozing off. He kicked his feet to gain attention and told him to get up, saying he had to run to the drugstore. Twenty minutes later, he came back. When he saw him in the same position, he knew he wasn’t sleeping.
He showed up drunk at Carl’s business partner’s office. He told her that he had thrown Carl out a window. His denial of making that remark was emphatic.
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A mere admission would not suffice in court, and we had no supporting proof. He said he was doing it for Carl Bage’s family when he removed goods from his apartment before police arrived. However, his loved ones were aware of his drug use. He probably sought out the narcotics on purpose.
Carl, a resident of Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, may have fallen to his death in Smallthorne, also in the city, about 2.30 a.m. on that day, as a neighbor reported hearing a noise. Carl tested positive for several drugs in a toxicology report, including heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, monkey dust, methadone, cannabis, and diazepam.
According to a nearby resident, “there had been drug and alcohol problems with individuals coming at all hours of the day and night.”
Carl’s death was judged “due to a fall from height after eating unlawful narcotics” by the assistant coroner in North Staffordshire, Daniel Howe.
He said, “He had used illicit substances before the accident, which would have impacted his ability to think and reason at the moment of the fall.” Multiple traumatic injuries consistent with a fall from a great height and mixed-drug intoxication were determined to be the cause of death.