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Teenager "drowned in lake" at Christmas party

A teenager drowned in the lake of a luxury hotel after being thrown out of a Christmas party, an inquest heard.

Construction firm labourer Haydn Mark Evans, 18, was missing for two weeks before his body was found in the lake at Carden Park Hotel, near Chester, in December last year.

An inquest jury at Warrington Coroner's Court heard that Mr Evans went to the hotel with colleagues, including his father Graham, for their Christmas party on the night of December 16.

Mr Evans, described as "well liked" and "hard working" by fellow employees at MPH Construction, was drinking and dancing during the party and became involved in an incident on the dance floor, the jury heard.

He had been drinking lager and vodka mixed with the energy drink Red Bull, the inquest heard.

Witness Dr Maeve Kenningham, a dermatologist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, was with a separate group at the three-course Christmas dinner and disco event.

She told the jury she was dancing with her party when she was approached by Mr Evans.

"He was bopping along and smiling and he approached me. The song involved grabbing or something or other, and he grabbed me, which I declined," she said.

"It was all good-natured, nothing aggressive whatsoever."

A short time later, she said, a friend drew her attention to a scuffle and she turned around to see Mr Evans on his hands and knees.

Dr Kenningham added: "He was on all fours and another man was in the process of kicking him to his head, at which point Haydn got up and walked away from the dance floor.

"I had concerns about a head injury so watched him go through the doors leading out of the room. I went out but couldn't find him."

Adam Crutchley, from Sale, Cheshire, told the court Mr Evans had grabbed hold of his girlfriend, so he "put him to the floor" using a judo move.

He denied punching or kicking Mr Evans, saying he used his foot and arm to force the teenager to the ground.

Salesman Mr Crutchley, who was with his own work Christmas party, said: "I remember seeing Haydn dancing around but I didn't think anything of it at first and carried on dancing myself.

"As I turned around, I saw him pinning my girlfriend in a bear-type hug, so I approached him and threw him to the floor.

"He jumped straight back up and offered his hand to apologise, so I shook his hand and said 'let's forget about it'."

The witness said a couple of minutes later he saw his boss and Mr Evans appearing to have an argument, so he went over.

He said: "Haydn whispered to me something: 'Come outside and I will slash your face'. So, I put him to the floor and went to get security."

The witness again denied punching or kicking Mr Evans.

He said he was unable to find the hotel's security staff but by the time he returned, he was told Mr Evans had been escorted out.

The hearing continues.