n INQUEST: 'This poor man had problems,' says coroner

by Chris Owen

Chief reporter

A 25-year-old man suffering from severe depression hanged himself from a rafter in his loft.

An inquest was told that David Young, of Springwood Avenue, Stakes, Waterlooville, killed himself in February last year after years of mental anguish.

The court was told he suffered from an obsessive-compulsive disorder which meant that at times he felt compelled to open and shut his CD player 60 times a day.

Giving evidence, PC Karen Wenzel said Mr Young’s wife, Sadie, had left her husband and taken their two children five days before his suicide.

She said Mrs Young had done this before and gone to a refuge to get away from her husband’s violent mood swings, but had always returned.

PC Wenzel, who is based at Waterlooville and was one of the first officers to discover Mr Young’s body, said Mrs Young was worried about her husband and went to their home on February 23 last year. She found the front door bolted from the inside and when she rang Mr Young’s mobile phone she could hear it ringing inside. She then called police who broke in.

The officer said Mr Young suffered ‘violent mood swings’ and was a cannabis user. Cannabis plants had been found by the police in the loft. He had not left a suicide note, she added.

Portsmouth coroner David Horsley read a report from Mr Young’s doctor which said he had been treated for his psychiatric illness since 2001.

It said he regularly failed to take his medication and was referred to the community mental health team at the Parkway centre in Havant .

Mr Horsley said there was no doubt Mr Young meant to take his life.

He said: ‘Clearly this poor man had serious problems. I think he intended to take his life because of his illness. He did so while suffering from severe psychiatric illness.’