No5’s Malcolm Duthie represents leisure centre owners in sauna death inquest

Malcolm Duthie from No5 Chambers has represented the owners of the Cascade Leisure Centre in Gravesend in a recent inquest after a man died after passing out in a sauna. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Barinder Lal, 49, who suffered from diabetes, was found dead with burns to his face, arms and chest in the leisure centre’s sauna on 1 June 2012.

An inquest heard that Lal may have been in the sauna for up to 40 minutes, which is twice the recommended time. Staff tried to resuscitate Lal but he did not respond.

At Gravesend Old Town Hall, pathologist Peter Jerreat told the inquest that Lal died of heat exposure with burns and explained that lowering your blood pressure when diabetic can be a dangerous thing. The deceased’s condition of diabetes played in part in his death.

The sauna had been working correctly and signs outside recommended that people only stay inside for 20 minutes.