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Tragic teenager had spent night drinking

PUBLISHED: 09:05 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:26 06 July 2010

A TEENAGER'S body was found on marshland three days after he went missing following a night out drinking with friends, an inquest heard.

Daniel Hannant, 19, failed to return home after a night out in Southwold on February 28 last year and his body was later found following an extensive search on marshes near some allotments on the edge of the town.

A TEENAGER'S body was found on marshland three days after he went missing following a night out drinking with friends, an inquest heard.

Daniel Hannant, 19, failed to return home after a night out in Southwold on February 28 last year and his body was later found following an extensive search on marshes near some allotments on the edge of the town.

An inquest held in Lowestoft on Tuesday heard that Mr Hannant, of Windsor Road, Reydon, had spent the evening drinking at Southwold's Royal British Legion club.

Steven Webb, who worked with Mr Hannant at the Somerfield store in Southwold, and was at the club with him on the Saturday evening, said they drank before going out, carried on drinking at the club with friends Thomas Clifford and Will Boggis, but became separated when they went to leave.

“I tried to contact him on his mobile; I don't remember if I got an answer. As I walked out I had a look for him...I walked home with Thomas,” he said.

Danielle Peat, a consultant pathologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, who carried out a post mortem examination on Mr Hannant's body, said that the level of alcohol in his blood was 252milligrammes per 100ml of blood - more than three times the legal driving limit.

She said the effects of the cold weather would have been worsened by the alcohol in his system, and that he had breathed in some dark mud from the marsh land.

Suffolk deputy coroner Yvonne Blake recorded a narrative verdict. She said: “We are not able to ascertain exactly what happened after Daniel left the club.”

After the hearing, Mr Hannant's father Michael Hannant said: “The last 15 months have been like a terrible dream and very emotional for us as a family. One of the worst parts has been not knowing what happened late that night which led to our son's death.”

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