A DRUG addict found hanging in his cell at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre died three days later, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday. A jury sitting before Coroner Rodney Venning returned a verdict of death by suicide in the case of unemployed To Chun-wah, 35. Mr Venning heard that a magistrate convicted To of possessing a dangerous drug on May 12 and remanded him at the reception centre for a fortnight to allow for preparation of a pre-sentencing report. But To attempted suicide by hanging himself from a gate with his hospital garment in his cell six days later. His feet were still touching the ground at the time, the court heard. To was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he died three days later. Forensic pathologist Dr Khoo Tun-oo, who conducted the autopsy on To, said the scenario described by the prison officer who first attended the scene was consistent with an incomplete, low suspension hanging. Although the act of hanging did not immediately claim To's life, Dr Khoo said To had lost consciousness as a result of insufficient oxygen in his blood.