Inquest hears of father’s depression

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A CORONER heard how a dog groomer took his own life following a long battle with depression.

John Flowerday, of Old Manor Way, Farlington, had spent the evening of April 3 watching television with his family.

After his children went to bed he chatted to his wife and went out to the garden for a cigarette.

His wife Christine fell asleep and when she woke the following morning she realised her husband was not there.

She found him in the garage. He had hanged himself.

At an inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall on Tuesday Coroner David Horsley heard how Mr Flowerday had a history of depression and had in the past been prescribed anti-depressants and had undergone cognitive therapy and counselling.

The 46-year-old had become unhappy with his business.

Mr Horsley recorded a narrative verdict, saying that Mr Flowerday had taken his own life while suffering from depression.

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