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Teacher's bin death in Brighton 'accidental'

Scott Williams
Police believe Scott Williams was trying to shelter from the rain

The death of a man who was crushed after climbing in to a commercial wheelie bin was accidental, an inquest jury has decided.

Scott Williams, 35, of Dollis Hill, London had been drinking in Brighton in July 2009 when he disappeared.

His body was discovered at a Sussex waste transfer site two days later.

Brighton and Hove assistant deputy coroner Gilva Tisshaw warned against the dangers of climbing into bins at the hearing at Hove Trial Centre.

The teacher, originally from New Zealand, is believed to have got in the commercial four-wheeled bin after a drunken night out on Saturday 11 July.

Heavy rain

The court heard how he and his flatmate, Robert Pinniger, had gone their separate ways during the evening after Mr Pinniger was ejected from a pub for falling asleep.

Mr Pinniger had expected his friend to follow him to his mother's house later where the pair had arranged to stay, but he did not arrive.

The inquest heard it had rained heavily that evening and Mr Williams may have climbed into the bin for shelter.

He was very generous to people, and caring. He had an amazing sense of humour.
Malcom Frethey, best friend

Ms Tisshaw said the Waste Industry Safety and Health guidelines for commercial wheelie bins had been revised following the incident, with changes such as compulsory locks and keeping them away from some public areas.

She said: "I think it is important that there is a heightened public awareness of the dangers that can arise from a person or persons being in one of these large bins."

Speaking on behalf of Mr Williams's mother, Marion, his best friend, Malcom Frethey, said: "He was very generous to people, and caring. He had an amazing sense of humour.

"He was very close to his family and was planning on coming home.

"We're pleased the procedures are in place to hopefully reduce this from happening in the future."

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