A ROYAL Navy sailor from Hereford died from alcohol poisoning after a night out, an inquest ruled.

Dominic Twaites, aged 25, died on May 14 last year after drinking alcohol on a night out in Stockholm, Sweden.

A Hereford inquest heard on Monday (June 17) that Mr Twaites suffered aspiration of gastric contents as a result of alcohol poisoning causing reduced consciousness.

Mr Twaites' death was ruled by coroner Mark Bricknell as an alcohol related death.

According to a report published in the Sun last year, Mr Twaites and a crewmate went out on the town in the Swedish capital before ending up partying in a flat with three local men in the north western suburb of Solna, five miles from the centre of Stockholm.

The inquest was opened at Hereford Coroners Office after Mr Twaites body was transferred into the city for his funeral. 

His place of death was given in court documents as Nya Karolinska Sjuhuset, a hospital near Stockholm.

Four people - including Mr Twaites crewmate - were reportedly arrested by the Swedish authorities before being released, with no action taken.

At the time of his death, the Sun reported that Mr Twaites was on a three-week training exercise on amphibious warship HMS Albion.

The purpose of the Aurora 23 training exercise was to increase the ability to deal with an armed attack on Sweden. It was the largest exercise of its kind to take place in the Scandinavian country for more than 30 years, with the RAF and British Army also being involved in the drills. 

Aurora 23 was the largest national exercise of its kind in more than 30 years.

It included forces from France, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as the RAF and British Army from the UK.


A Royal Navy spokesperson said at the time of Mr Twaites' death: "We are aware of an incident in Stockholm which resulted in the death of a serviceperson. We continue to assist local authorities in their enquiries.

"The next of kin have been informed and have requested privacy, therefore we will not be issuing any personal details at this time.

"Our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”