Family of Deakon say he will ‘never be forgotten’ after inquest provides few answers about his death

PUBLISHED: 17:24 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:01 16 June 2017

Deakon Wilkins, aged 24, drowned in the river near Motion nightclub in Bristol.

Deakon Wilkins, aged 24, drowned in the river near Motion nightclub in Bristol.

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The family of Deakon Wilkins, who drowned in a river outside a nightclub in Bristol, say the lack of CCTV by the water is ‘criminal’, after an inquest provided them with few answers about their son’s death.

Deakon Wilkins, aged 24, has been missing since 4.30am on January 14.Deakon Wilkins, aged 24, has been missing since 4.30am on January 14.

Deakon’s dad, Andy Wilkins, told the Mercury his son will ‘be missed and never forgotten’ following an inquest into his death at Flax Bourton Coroners Court on Tuesday.

Assistant coroner Myfanwy Buckeridge concluded the 24-year-old drowned after attending a rave at Motion nightclub, in Avon Street, but she said ‘how and why he ended up in the water is unclear’.

Deakon, who lived with his grandad in Worle, went missing on January 14 after attending a rave at Motion with a number of friends.

He went to the event after a family dinner with his mum and dad, Marcella and Andy.

Deakon WilkinsDeakon Wilkins

The inquest heard Deakon wandered off during the night and his friends – whose phone batteries had died – could not find him and so went home at around 3am.

It was not until around 4.30am Deakon left the club, and he was last seen on CCTV walking towards Bristol Temple Meads railway station at 4.43am.

An intensive police search took place in the weeks that followed, as his family put out desperate pleas in the hope of finding their son. But on February 5 his body was discovered in Bristol Floating Harbour.

At the inquest, investigating officer DC Hughes said there was no evidence Deakon had been pushed, and added no-one else was captured nearby on CCTV.

Deakon Wilkins was last seen at Motion nightclub, in Bristol.Deakon Wilkins was last seen at Motion nightclub, in Bristol.

A post mortem found high levels of alcohol in Deakon’s system, but no trace of drugs was detected.

Ms Buckeridge concluded by saying: “Deakon had attended a rave at Motion nightclub.

“He had consumed a high quantity of alcohol and told friends he had taken speed.

“He died at the waterside near Motion nightclub, due to drowning, but how and why he ended up in the water is unclear.”

Andy described the lack of CCTV outside of clubs and pubs by the river’s edge as ‘criminal’, and added: “Our son, Deakon, was a likeable lad and loved by everyone he met. He was the life and soul of the party, very caring and would do anything for anyone.

“Deakon and Josh, his brother, are a massive part of our lives and Deakon will be missed and never forgotten.”


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