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A man whose housemates claimed they found him drowned in a bath had rung police the previous day to tell a call handler that he had been "battered s***less".
Adrian Swift, 57, was allegedly hit with a baseball bat and shoved down the stairs by Cheryl O'Callaghan at their home in the Liverpool district of Wavertree.
He was subsequently treated in hospital for his injuries but discharged himself just hours before his death with O'Callaghan and the pair's fellow flatmates Adam Oldland and Steven Hardaker claiming they found him lifeless in the bathtub, reports the Liverpool Echo.
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O'Callaghan is now on trial for murder with Oldland and Hardaker also answering charges of perverting the course of justice with all three of them pleading not guilty to the crimes.
On Friday (November 20), Liverpool Crown Court heard that Swift had "led a life afflicted by addictions to alcohol and drugs" and, by the time of his death, was "frail, unwell and vulnerable".
Alex Leach KC, prosecuting, told the jury that in March 2021, the day before his death, Swift had been taken to hospital with "serious facial and bodily injuries" after making the 999 call, where he then told paramedics about 46-year-old O'Callaghan's alleged attack.
After he discharged himself and returned to the property the following morning, Oldland then alerted the emergency services to his death just three hours later.
The 51-year-old, O'Callaghan and Hardaker, also 51, "all gave an account of Mr Swift having suffered the injuries that took him to hospital as a result of a fall down some stairs".
They also stated that he had been discovered submerged underwater in the bath.
But paramedics found that the tub was dry and there was no water collected in his mouth or eye sockets.
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On the previous day, when paramedics visited the property to take Swift into hospital, O'Callaghan told them that he was "just an alchy who had fallen down the stairs" and she then became "verbally aggressive towards him".
When he later spoke to police, Swift declined to make a formal complaint.
It was also heard in court that, after Swift returned from hospital in a taxi, Oldland paid the fare and allegedly told the driver: "Well he shouldn't have racially abused her – he deserved it."
During his 11.30am call to the ambulance service, Oldland then said: "The patient's dead. He's just gone upstairs and had a bath.
"I checked on him twice. I checked on him again and he was underwater. He's gone."
As instructions to perform CPR were being given, Oldland added: "Listen mate, he's gone. He's drowned.
"I can't do it mate. He's f***ing dead."
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