Friday, 17 September 2021

Popular Henley businessman 'used drugs'

AN INQUEST into the death of a Henley man was adjourned today (Wednesday) pending further investigation.

AN INQUEST into the death of a Henley man was adjourned today (Wednesday) pending further investigation.

Jonathan Lang, 39, was found in the kitchen of his flat in Ancastle Green by a friend on September 19 in a pool of his own blood.

He also had a leather belt tied around his left arm and a syringe in his right hand but the cause of death is still unknown.

Coroner Darren Salter also told the hearing at county hall in Oxford that a toxicology report found traces of cocaine in Mr Lang?s system.

Police had recovered about 20 used syringes in his car parked at his home as well as bags of ?brown powder? containing heroin on the kitchen counter.

They also found a note in a bedside drawer apologising to his family for taking drugs after he had been clean for almost sixteen years.

Mr Salter said that Mr Lang had been a regular drug user from 1994 to 1996 before giving up.

Nicknamed ?Mr Henley?, Mr Lang was a well-known figure around town, and was well-loved by many as a fun-loving and generous friend who loved fast cars and motor boats.

Mr Lang owned KIGI Joinery in Haileywood Farm, Shiplake, and left behind a 20-year-old daughter, Rebekah, who serves in the signals corps of the armed forces.

He also had two brothers, Andrew and Mark, who also live in the Henley area.

The family asked the coroner to delay a verdict due to lack of information.

Mr Salter adjourned the case which is expected to remain closed for up to three months for further investigations.

For the full story, pick up a copy of this week?s Standard.

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