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Body found on roundabout

June 08 2011
Former manager of halfway house died of overdose, coroner says


A former manager of a halfway house for reforming criminals who was sleeping rough after losing his job died from a suspected drug overdose.

The body of Damon Hughes, 42, was found by a roundabout near medieval ruins in Exeter, Devon, by another homeless man.

Mr Hughes, a former drug addict, had worked as an assistant manager at Prospects House, in Exeter, providing support for offenders released from prison and people with drug addictions. But he was made redundant a couple of years ago due to government cuts and started to take drugs again and offend.

After being made redundant, he had been given accommodation with drug addicts but did not want to be with them, having beaten his own habit.

A month ago, he was released from Exeter Prison, where he had been serving a short sentence for breach a non-molestation order and had been living rough since then. Exeter Drugs Project chief executive Lucie Hartley said: "We are terribly sorry to hear about Damon's death and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

"Damon was not employed by EDP, although he did work for a period at Prospects House, supporting people with substance misuse problems who had been released from Exeter Prison."

Police said they were not treating Mr Hughes's death as suspicious.