A Stenhousemuir youth player who tragically died after falling from a nightclub roof had taken cocaine and ecstasy.
A coroner this week ruled that the drugs and alcohol Kyle Doherty had consumed would have “played a part in his actions” before the accident.
Talented footballer Kyle died during a night out in Manchester with pals to celebrate the New Year.
He was with a group of 17 people who were given £1000 worth of alcohol at Suede nightclub and told to serve themselves, the inquest heard.
In the early hours of the New Year’s Day, Kyle got on to the sloping roof of the premises, probably by going through a fire exit.
He then called a friend, Hayley Gallagher, at 1.02am. She told the inquest Kyle said he was on the roof and she could tell he was drunk.
Another friend, Lee Brown, said he saw Kyle on the roof. He was “drunk but not stumbling” and moving around.
Lee said he told Kyle to get down. He told police he could recall standing on a metal staircase, but could not say how he got there or why.
Another witness, Kiara Newman, told police she heard a “strange loud noise” outside the club at about 1.30am.
Kyle’s friends alerted police after he failed to return to the flat they had rented in Manchester.
His body was found at 10pm on New Year’s Day, face down in a small, enclosed rectangular space between the club and a neighbouring building.
A post mortem revealed that Kyle had cocaine and ecstasy in his body, suggesting “recreational use” in the hours before he died.
His alcohol level was slightly below the drink-driving limit.
Coroner Graham Jackson recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
He said drugs and alcohol did not directly cause Kyle’s death.
But he added: “I think they would have played a part in the actions of Mr Doherty, causing him to climb on the roof from where, in my opinion, he sadly fell.”
Scottish football was shocked when news broke of Kyle’s death.
Stenhousemuir chairman Bill Darroch said at the time: “We’re devastated. Kyle was liked and valued by his teammates and coaches alike.
“He was a talented footballer. He was a regular in our under-20s team and was starting to break through to the first team squad.”