London, Aug 10 (ANI): A British computer engineer has died after he tied himself naked to a tree with a cord wrapped around his penis.
Kevin Kirkland, 44, is said to have used a pair of makeshift rope handcuffs to attach himself to the trunk, but got trapped when a knot jammed around his wrists.
Telford Magistrates Court was told that Kirkland had drunk seven pints of lager and a vodka and coke with a pal, and then after leaving his friend's place on December 30 he returned to his home in Newport, Shropshire.
He then made the handcuffs by melting a single piece of rope to make two loops for his wrists, and then walked to a canal near his home where he stripped naked and attached himself to the tree using the rope.
Kirkland then found he was unable to free himself, and in the pitch black and freezing temperatures he began to rub the rope up and down the tree, stripping the bark of moss and cutting his wrists.
The next morning dog walker Mark Griffiths and his partner Elaine Batho heard him crying for help, and found his body slumped against the tree, with only his socks and boots on.
"I heard a few grunts and groans. I called to him 'Are you okay, what's going on?'" the Sun quoted Griffiths as telling the inquest.
"There was quite a lot of dried blood on his arms. He had marks on the back of his head and he was quite dirty.
"I wrapped him in my coat to give him some dignity and eventually a police officer came and cut him down.
"As we put him down on the ground I noticed a small cord around the base of his penis," Griffiths stated.
Kirkland was rushed to the hospital but he died hours later.
Home Office pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar said Kirkland died of hypothermia and blood loss after cutting his wrists by accident while struggling to escape.
John Ellery, coroner for Telford and Wrekin, recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest last week.
"It is clear to me that having put himself in that position he could not get out of it," Ellery added. (ANI)