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Inquest for Barrow dad who died in Thai prison

DETAILS of how a Barrow man died in a Thai prison more than two years ago should finally be revealed when an inquest into his death is held next month.

SADLY MISSED: Sean Flanagan, who died in prison in Pattaya, Thailand. This picture was taken shortly after he was arrested SUBMITTED

Sean Patrick Flanagan, who split his time between Barrow and Thailand, died in spring 2012 after he was arrested in the city of Pattaya, a beach resort popular with tourists and expats on the Gulf of Thailand, on March 21.

A story printed at the time in local newspaper, the Pattaya Daily News, told how the 46-year-old had been arrested after he allegedly went into a pawn shop and took a moped.

Mr Flanagan, a former St Bernard’s School pupil, was charged after driving the moped to a nearby hotel, but denied the theft, the newspaper reported.

He later died in jail on March 30, 2012.

The South and East Cumbria coroner has now confirmed that an inquest into Mr Flanagan’s death is to be held in Barrow Town Hall on Thursday May 8, when some more specific details surrounding his death should come to light.

Friend Steven Strefford, of Walney, told the Evening Mail at the time of Mr Flanagan’s death that he had spent a lot of time in Thailand, where his girlfriend lived.

His funeral was held at St Mary of Furness Roman Catholic Church on May 4.

The funeral notice said he was survived by his parents Olive and Tony, daughter Lauren, siblings Paula and Sarah and brothers-in-law Roger and Steve. He was also described as a “friend of Mick, a loved uncle and friend to countless people who crossed his path.”

Mark Bates paid tribute on the Evening Mail at the time, when he wrote: “RIP my friend and Barrow legend.

“Many good nights in Barrow and Thailand. My deepest sympathies to all of the family – he was a legend in life and that will always live on in all those who knew him.

“A true rock ‘n’ roller who judged no-one and always had a smile for all.”

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