Inquest concludes how man found with stab wound in Preston died

Posted on - 25th July, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, Preston News, St Matthews
Geoffrey Street has seen door-to-door enquiries by police Pic: Google
Geoffrey Street saw door-to-door enquiries by police Pic: Google

Preston Coroners Court have listed the cause of death of a man in St Matthew‘s as a self-inflicted stab wound.


Elliott Bowes, 26, was found with a stab wound to his stomach on Wednesday 2 August last year, he later died at Royal Preston Hospital.

Preston Police initially launched a murder investigation and a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder.

She was then released on bail in connection with the incident.

Read more: Murder investigation ends into Geoffrey Street death

Police later closed the investigation into his death and no charges were brought against the woman as a result of further evidence.

A kitchen knife was found at the scene of Elliott’s flat, in Geoffrey Street.

Mr Bowes, who was a cleaner, was being treated for previous mental health issues including anxiety and depression and had experienced a ‘difficult upbringing’ – the inquest was told.

He attended psychotherapy sessions and was on medication.

Read more: Motorcyclist dies after serious crash in Hoghton

A hearing that took place on Tuesday 24 July at Preston Coroners Court concluded a short narrative that ‘Mr Bowes died as a result of a self-inflicted stab wound to his abdomen, however his intent is unclear based on the evidence’.

A post-mortem examination stated that Mr Bowes had traces of ethanol in his system, nearly double the drink driving limit, after paramedics were called to his flat.

Elliott was taken to Royal Preston Hospital within eight minutes where he was taken immediately for surgery.

However, on arrival Elliott had extremely high blood pressure and lost a lot of blood.

After six blood transfusions, surgeons were sadly unable to save Elliott who died in the morning of Thursday 3 August 2017.

If you need help with mental health you can get help from Mind, the mental health charity, via their website. Or if you need to speak to someone then 24-hours-a-day, every day, the Samaritans are there and free to call from any phone on 116123.

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