‘A tragedy for nurse and for his family’

SADDENED David Horsley
SADDENED David Horsley
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A FORMER nurse took his own life after suffering from depression and not wanting to permanently use a wheelchair, an inquest heard.

Shaun Jenner, 58, was found dead in the kitchen of his home in Woodfield Avenue, Farlington, in the early hours of November 8 last year.

He had suffocated himself with cling film.

An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard the former district nurse had developed depression after suffering degenerative back pain – a condition that forced him to leave nursing in 1993.

In the weeks leading up to his death, he had become increasingly anxious as his wife was ill herself and had developed shoulder problems.

Dr Jeanette Bartholomew, speaking on behalf of the family, said: ‘He was concerned his back was getting considerably worse and that he was not wheelchair-bound.’

She said he and his wife doted upon each other, were happy for many years and led an ‘isolated’ existence.

He had not slept the night before his death as his wife was crying out in pain, the inquest heard.

Dr Bartholomew added: ‘He was concerned that everything had spiralled out of control in the last week.

‘He was concerned it was not a house of joy and that it was a miserable place and they had no life.

‘He could not help Mrs Jenner because he could not make the pain go away. He was very worried about her.’

Coroner David Horsley said: ‘It seems to be beyond doubt that what he has done he has done with intention of ending his own life.

‘He’s taken his own life while depressed.’

He added: ‘It’s a tragedy for him and a tragedy for everyone else.’