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Homeless Portuguese man who died outside London tube station ‘had taken drugs’

in News · 19-07-2018 14:37:00 · 0 Comments

Blood tests carried out on a homeless Portuguese man who died in February outside the doorstep of the Houses of Parliament in London showed that he had ingested synthetic marijuana, also known as spice, which can cause strong heart arrhythmias and haemorrhaging, a coroner determined.

Homeless Portuguese man who died outside London tube station ‘had taken drugs’

Angolan-born Marcos Gourgel, 35, who was raised in Portugal, was found dead on Valentine’s Day, outside the Westminster underground station during a harsh cold snap.
His death made headlines after flowers from Jeremy Corbyn and his staff were laid near the entrance to the subway station.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also said he had been “profoundly saddened” by the homeless man’s death.
Two days later, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa publicly expressed regret for what happened and thanked the labour leader for the gesture of respect for the Portuguese citizen who was later found to be in the United Kingdom illegally.
A judicial inquiry into the Portuguese man’s death was conducted at the Westminster Coroner’s Court and is a standard procedure to which all sudden deaths without natural cause are subject, conducted by a magistrate who takes into account a prior investigation by the police.
Gourgel reportedly had a history of contact with homeless services that went back to 2008, when he registered with the Portuguese consulate in London, interspersed with periods of absence, having spent several years living on the streets in Amsterdam and Portugal before returning to London.
Recent figures suggest homelessness in the UK has risen by 73 percent since 2014.

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