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Irish addict’s severed head found by security guard in separate room to his body

Karl Faulkner
Karl Faulkner

A security guard was left horrified after discovering a man's head in one room and his body in another in an abandoned factory.

The remains of drug addict Karl Simeon Benjamin Faulkner (31) were discovered eight months after he went missing, according to the Bristol Post.

The Avon Coroner's Court heard that on March 26, his body was found in a different room to his head at the disused factory in Bristol.

Security officers were patrolling the former Brooks Dye Works site in Sevier Street, when they found his body.

In his statement to the court, Mr Faulkner's GP said his patient had contracted Hepatitis C in 2007 and started suffering hallucinations in 2012, and was diagnosed with a personality disorder later.

He also struggled with drugs, especially heroin, and had been in and out of prison since he was a teenager.

Faulkner, who spent most of his childhood in Galway, was seen by his mother in Bristol in July 2015.

According to the Bristol Post the court heard that Faulker was "emotionally unstable" and had attempted to take his own life.

The court heard he met his mum in Old Market in July last year, and told her he was planning to kill himself.

He said he had left a suicide note at Bristol Drugs Project for her – a note neither staff nor officers could find.

Days after the meeting, he was reported missing and police could not find him.

PC Daniel Godfrey said he believed Mr Faulkner had attempted suicide and did not want to be found easily.

He added there was no evidence to show that any other person was involved and the inquest heard there were no apparent serious injuries.

In her conclusion, assistant coroner Myfanwy Buckeridge said she was unable to determine the cause of death and recorded an open verdict.