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Man 'drowned' in bathtub hours after 'telling paramedics he was battered by housemate'

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A man informed a 999 call handler he had been "battered s***less" before his housemates found his dead body and claimed he drowned in the bath, a murder trial has heard.

Cheryl O'Callaghan allegedly attacked Adrian Swift, 57 with a baseball bat and is said to have pushed him down the stairs in their Bishopsgate Street home in Wavertree, the Liverpool Echo reports.The victim was admitted to hospital with serious injuries but discharged himself several hours before his death and was allegedly discovered by O'Callaghan and two other flatmates who told police he had drowned in the bathtub.

Liverpool Crown Court heard on November 18 Mr Swift "led a life afflicted by addictions to alcohol and drugs" and by the time of his death was "frail, unwell and vulnerable".

Alex Leach KC, prosecuting, told a jury of six men and six women that in March last year he had been living at the address with O’Callaghan and her co-defendants Adam Oldland and Steven Hardaker.

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