Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Spice Tragedy of 'Devoted' Young Father

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Spice Tragedy of 'Devoted' Young Father

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A MAN tried to steal money from the hands of a young father as he lay dying in the street after taking a fatal dose of Spice, an inquest heard.

Tyler Riley, 21, lay unconscious after he collapsed having consumed a toxic combination of Spice and Diazepam.

The dad-of-one, from Stockport, had been out with friends when he was seen running towards a parked car with a sum of money in his hands.

The inquest into Tyler's death heard that as he approached the car, his body 'shut down' and he collided with the car before banging his head on the pavement.

A female bystander stepped in to provide first aid to Tyler, who was seen shaking and beginning to turn 'grey in colour,' the court heard.

Stockport Coroner's Court heard that as he did, a man who had been sat in the parked car allegedly attempted to take the cash from Tyler's hands.

They were stopped by the woman before driving off, the court heard.

Mr Riley was rushed by ambulance to Stepping Hill Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The court heard that Tyler, who had a two-year-old son named Teddie, had become addicted to Spice around a year before his death.

His partner of five-and-a-half years, Jessica Mansell, described him as the 'best dad' who was 'devoted to his son.' She told the M.E.N.: "It was such a shame, he tried Spice and he just got hooked. We did everything we could to get him off it. I was about seven months pregnant and he was out with friends in town and a friend had Spice and he just tried it. Nobody knew anything about Spice back then."

The court heard that on January 4, Tyler had gone into Manchester to buy a bike and had returned around 7.30pm.

"We were at home together and he was happy," Jessica told the court.

Support worker Adele Hynes had been visiting a client nearby when she saw two males parked in a stationary car that evening, the court heard. …

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