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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 14:39 GMT
Fiancé 'supplied fatal heroin'
Heroin
Miss Birch was given heroin, the Llandudno court heard
A young woman paralysed after a car crash died from heroin poisoning supplied by her fiancé, an inquest has heard.

June Langley, the mother of Lisa Ann Birch, 22, said she suspected David Kenny was giving her daughter the drug when she died at a nursing home in Old Colwyn.

The inquest in Llandudno Coroner's Court heard Ms Birch of Rhyl could not have obtained the drug herself due to her immobility - suffered in car wreck accident when Mr Kenny was at the wheel.

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Injected, smoked or dissolved
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May cause vomiting, headaches
Strength and quality uncertain
Risks overdose or poisoning risk
Addiction broken with methadone
He has now gone on the run and did not appear for the hearing.

Mrs Langley from Rhyl, told the hearing that her daughter had been besotted with Mr Kenny even though she said he "mentally tortured" her.

At one stage, she claimed, he had removed an engagement ring from her finger while she was in hospital and gave it to another woman.

Ms Birch had been paralysed in 1997 in the car smash at St Helens on Merseyside.

She received a £400,000 payout from the Motor Insurers' Bureau because he was not insured.

The court was told that Ms Birch died at the Queen's Court Nursing Home at Old Colwyn in July 2001.

Coroner John Hughes said, after a police investigation, Mr Kenny had been charged with allowing his home to be used for smoking drugs.

After advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, no action for manslaughter is being taken against the missing man.

But the coroner said Mr Kenny had failed to appear in court after being bailed to do so - he is currently missing.

A verdict is due to be recorded on the cause of Miss Birch's death on Monday, 11 February.

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