May 20, 2022

Popular truck driver and ‘incredible grandfather’ took morphine and paracetamol to ease back pain, inquest finds

A family has paid tribute to an ‘incredible father, grandfather and partner’ after an inquest heard of the sad circumstances surrounding his sudden death.

Stephen Khan was found dead at the home of his partner Sharon at Curwen Close, Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot on May 9, 2021. He was 48.

Mr. Khan was a popular and well known lorry driver who worked for Celtic International Freight Limited. It testified to what he meant to his employers, that they arranged for him to be taken to the crematorium in the back of his own truck, followed by a large fleet of their vehicles. You can find out more about this by clicking here.

An inquest was held into Mr Khan’s death at the Guildhall in Swansea on Tuesday February 22, and PC Laura Davies, one of two South Wales police officers who responded to the incident, gave evidence, depicting Cefn School alumnus Saeson and Dwr y Felin. Context.

She explained that after leaving school, he first started working as a roofer. He then worked at the Port Talbot steelworks, before becoming a truck driver. He worked for several companies, including Pritchard’s Transport, before joining Celtic.

It carried goods across the country, as well as to Ireland and Spain. He was “very passionate” about his career and his colleagues saw him as a hard worker, according to the survey. He worked Monday to Friday and on weekends was a regular at his local pub, the Colliers Arms in Pontrhydyfen.

Mr Khan, described as ‘loud and prankish with a crazy personality’, suffered from severe back pain due to a prolapsed disc and suffered from sleep apnoea. He was also diagnosed with depression.



Mr Khan pictured with his beloved grandson Rocco



Mr. Khan and Rocco

He also had recurring headaches that worsened over time and bleeding behind one of his eyes, the inquest said.

Mr Khan, who lived in Brynsiriol, Tonmawr in Port Talbot, ‘was not the type of person to seek the advice of a doctor or dentist’ and instead self-medicated for his pain, taking six to eight tablets at a time. When asked about the large dose by relatives, he said it was necessary “due to his large build”. He was also taking non-prescription morphine to relieve his pain.

The Welsh Ambulance Service attended the property of Mr Khan’s partner on Sunday May 19 but he was already dead. No suspicious circumstances surrounded his death.

As painful as these procedures are for those who have lost loved ones, the lessons that can be learned from investigations can go a long way in saving the lives of others.

The press has the legal right to attend investigations and has a responsibility to report on them as part of its duty to uphold the principle of open justice.

It is a journalist’s duty to make sure the public understands why someone died and to ensure that their death is not kept secret. An inquest report can also dispel any rumors or suspicions surrounding a person’s death.

But, more importantly, an inquest report can draw attention to circumstances that may prevent further deaths from occurring.

If journalists are reluctant to attend investigations, a whole section of the judicial system is not held to account.

Surveys can often prompt a broader discussion of serious issues, the most recent being mental health and suicide.

Editors actively request and encourage journalists to speak to family and friends of a person under investigation. Their contributions help us create a clearer picture of the deceased and also provide an opportunity to honor their loved one.

Often families do not wish to speak to the press and of course this decision must be respected. However, as many powerful media campaigns have shown, the contribution of one person’s family and friends can make all the difference in helping save others.

Without the presence of the press at inquests, questions will go unanswered and lives will be lost.

A post-mortem report by Dr. John Williams made morphine toxicity a medical cause of death.

Referring back to his conclusion, Acting Chief Coroner Colin Phillips said: “Stephen didn’t want to see a doctor and risk losing his job which was central to his life.

“It’s clear in this particular case that he took morphine, which resulted in his sad death. He didn’t know what level of tolerance he would have had. People often take morphine for pain relief, and That’s what he did.”

Mr. Phillips issued a finding on a drug-related death.

Following the inquest, Mr Khan’s family said: “He was an incredible father, grandfather and partner and he will never be forgotten.

“He was tall, loud, funny and a real hard worker. Driving trucks was his passion.

“He loved watching rugby and loved the Six Nations and football, he supported Man Utd.

“He loved his family and absolutely adored his grandson, Rocco.”

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