A tour driver from Hounslow whose body was found in Whitton's Crane Park had drowned after taking cocaine, an inquest heard today.

Adrian Joseph, of Park Close, Hounslow, was found in the shallow waters of the nature reserve near the park's shot tower on the morning of September 16 last year.

An inquest at West London Coroner's Court today heard how the 33-year-old, who was wearing women's clothing when he was discovered, had a history of cocaine and anabolic steroid abuse.

He had made four suicide attempts between May 2012 and May 2013 as he struggled to cope with depression brought on by his withdrawal from the body building drugs.

But chief coroner Chinyere Inyama, who recorded a conclusion of death by misadventure, said he did not believe 'for one moment' Mr Joseph had meant to take his own life on this occasion.

Mr Joseph's father described his son as a 'very jovial character' and said he had seemed quite well when he spoke to him on the evening before his death.

Mr Joseph's girlfriend Gemma McCann said she had noticed an improvement in his mood in the weeks leading up to his death and they had recently returned from a holiday together. She described a previous suicide attempt as a 'cry for help'.

Natasha Harris, who was in the park on the night before Mr Joseph's body was found, said she had heard people go into the nature reserve at about 11pm.

She told the court she heard a grunting noise followed by some yelling and a man shouting 'get off me, get off me, you're going to kill me'.

She said she had reported the disturbance to police, who had investigated but found nothing suspicious in the nature reserve where Mr Joseph's body was discovered the next morning.

Mr Inyama said the pathologist, who gave the cause of death as drowning in association with acute cocaine intoxication, had found a fatal level of cocaine in Mr Joseph's blood.

The coroner added that the post mortem did not reveal any external injuries which might suggest he had been attacked or restrained in any way.

"There's no evidence to support the idea he'd been in an assault. If there were people in the park Mr Joseph wasn't one of them," said Mr Inyama.

He added that police had suggested the noises may have come from Mr Joseph's laptop, though it was not known for certain if this was the case.