Queenstown chef's death 'accidental OD'

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 12:47 16/07/2014
Coroner Richard McElrea
Fairfax NZ
CORONER RICHARD McELREA

Relevant offers

An Arrowtown chef, addicted to opiates for back pain, died from an accidental overdose.

Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea has found the death of Nils Scott was accidental, and occurred after Scott left work at an Arrowtown bakery at 11am on December 6, last year, to gather herbs from a garden plot on his property.

''Nils Scott was overweight and suffering from back pain. He had recently told his partner that he had become addicted to opiate-type drugs,'' McElrea found.

''Evidence from witnesses interviewed by police is that Nils Scott appeared to be addicted to opiate drugs and would frequently access them.''

When Scott did not return to work, a co-worker went looking for him and found him dead at his home.

Ambulance officers were unable to revive him and the 30-year-old was declared dead at the scene. at the scene.

McElrea found that Scott had illicit access to and processed the prescription medicine mylan fentanyl, which resulted in his death.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

What's the best option for cutting the council's $800m funding shortfall?

Increase rates

Reduce spending on roads, economic development, events and council-owned facilities

Sell or partially sell some of the assets it owns

Delay some of the planned projects

Try to squeeze more money out of the companies it owns

Borrow more

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Contact Us Press

• Newsroom 03-943 2827 or email reporters@press.co.nz
• Classified Ads: 03-3778778 or email goclassifieds@press.co.nz
• Display and Online Ads: 03-3648285 or email ad.sales@press.co.nz
• General inquiries: 03 379 0940
Subscribe to The Press
• Deliveries, subscriptions, holiday stop/starts: 03 364 8464, or email: news.sales@press.co.nz
• No paper or holiday stop/starts: action online
• Buy a photo
• Newspaper subscribers - register for the digital edition
• Make press.co.nz your homepage

Press supplements

At Home, I Do, Avenues, Winter Style

Read Press extras for Avenues, fashion, home design and weddings

Celebrations

Celebrations

Births, weddings, engagements

Death notices

Death notices

Death notices and in memoriam