Search

Retired electrician found dead above Finsbury Park pub

PUBLISHED: 11:53 27 May 2014

St Pancras Coroner's Court

St Pancras Coroner's Court

Archant

A retired electrician who lived above a pub in Finsbury Park was found dead in his flat by concerned bar staff.

Peter Croal, 68, was discovered unconscious and slumped in a chair inside his flat above The Blackstock pub in Seven Sisters Road on February 13.

An inquest held at St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Tuesday heard how Mr Croal, who was originally form Glasgow, had moved to London 20 years ago for work.

He was diagnosed with cellulitis in his leg - an infection of the deeper layers of the skin - and had become less and less mobile.

A post-mortem examination showed the cause of death to be a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis.

It also revealed that Mr Croal, who contracted military tuberculosis in the 1950s, also suffered from an asbestos related disease, though these did not contribute to his death.

Witness statements read out at St Pancras Coroner’s Court said bar staff had gone into Mr Croal’s flat after he had not been seen by customers in several days.

On entering, they found him slumped in a chair and his skin was “cold” to touch.

Paramedics were called and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assistant coroner at St Pancras Coroner’s Court ruled that Mr Croal died from natural causes.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

14:41

A 19-year-old man was stabbed in the leg at the BP garage in Finsbury Park last night.

14:05

A mum rescued her daughter in their Goswell Road home last night. An unattended tealight had set the little girl’s bedroom alight.

11:44

It’s been a bad season for Arsenal – but it could still end with a trophy parade around Highbury on Sunday.

Yesterday, 17:59

Neighbours and community groups joined architects and planners on Saturday to shape a new “vision” for the section of the A1 between the Odeon and Holloway Road Tube station.

Yesterday, 14:16

A distraught mum swore revenge on her son’s alleged killer in an Old Bailey courtroom, shouting: “I’m going to kill you for murdering my boy. You’re as good as dead.”

Yesterday, 10:33

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips in Upper Street have made a seventh arrest.

Yesterday, 08:43

Islington South and Finsbury incumbent Emily Thornberry told voters it was a straight choice between Labour and the Conservatives at the Gazette’s hustings last night.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Candidates for Islington South and Finsbury clashed with each other – and the audience – at a heated hustings in St Mary’s Church tonight.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now