RAF vet falls to death on birthday after cannabis edibles fill him with terror

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An RAF veteran fell to his death after eating cannabis-infused chocolate while celebrating his 33rd birthday.

Julian Garvey Vines Lewis ate the edibles while out with family and friends at a restaurant in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, on August 15 last year.

He began to act strangely on the way home to his flat in Salford.

Partner Amie Maughan told an inquest at Manchester Coroner’s Court that he was “pacing the landing”, and agreed that he had “a look of terror” in his eyes.

Mr Lewis, who had never experienced any mental health issues, then began to speak to people who weren’t in the flat.

Ms Maughan left to let him “sleep whatever it was off”, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Shortly after, a neighbour saw Julian’s body on the floor after he was spotted standing at the window.

He died from severe head injuries at Salford Royal Hospital the following day.

Mr Lewis, who worked in the accident and emergency department of Wythenshawe Hospital, had also served in Afghanistan with the RAF as a medic.

Recording a verdict of misadventure, senior coroner Nigel Meadows said: "I am satisfied that, on the balance of probabilities, he was suffering from a psychotic or delusional episode from the consumption of cannabis.

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"He may have been responding to something he thought was real but objectively [was] not there.

"He died from the unintended consequence of a deliberate human act.

"The loss of Julian at such an age in these circumstances is too much to bear for the family."

After the inquest last week, his partner of ten years shared a beautiful tribute on the first anniversary of his death.

Part of Ms Maughan's message said: “You were so selfless and saw the best in everyone even if they didn’t see it themselves.

"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the best friend, the wind up merchant, the curious soul, and incredible boyfriend that you were.

"You were so intelligent, every time we engaged in conversation I felt like I was being absorbed in a spectacular documentary. I learned so much from you as I’m sure others did also.

"I could talk about you for hours, days and years because you were that amazing, not that you’d ever take any credit!

“Thank you for being you, for saving me when I needed it most. For pushing me and for making me see how beautiful life truly is."

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