Pensioner in flats plunge suffered from depression

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A 71-YEAR-OLD year man who died after falling from a block of flats took his own life while suffering from depression, a jury has ruled.

Charles Davies, who lived in sheltered accommodation in Wansbeck House, Nightingale Road, Southsea, went to visit friend Jessie Knight on April 19 this year, an inquest at Portsmouth Magistrates Court heard.

Ms Knight lived in a sixth-floor flat in Tipton House, Warwick Crescent, Southsea.

Mr Davies left his address at around 5.30pm and was supposed to return within three hours.

The inquest heard how another resident discovered Mr Davies’s body outside the flat at just after 11pm the same evening.

Detective Sergeant Nicola Turton, of Fareham police station, described how Ms Knight had gone to sleep and when she woke up, Mr Davies was not there.

DS Turton told deputy assistant coroner Karen Harrold: ‘Ms Knight confirmed he had been at the flat and there was a large window in her flat that was open.

‘There was a large armchair in front of the window.

‘She explained they had been friends for 20 years, but had not been in a relationship.

‘He had not been in a great frame of mind and he had money troubles.

‘He gambled and owed the banks money.

‘She kept the window open because the flat gets hot and she suffers from breathing problems.

DS Turton added: ‘I concluded from the enquiries I made that there were no suspicious circumstances and there was nobody involved in the flat.

‘There was absolutely nothing suspicious about this death.’

The inquest also heard from psychiatrist Dr Steven Ogunremi, who had been treating Mr Davies since December 2009. He described how Mr Davies had long-suffered with mental health problems, had recurrent depressive disorder and was on medication to treat his condition.

A pathology report showed Mr Davies suffered from multiple injuries which caused his death.

A jury of nine people unanimously returned the verdict that Mr Davies took his own life, while suffering from depression.