Derbyshire man took his own life, coroner rules

Chesterfield coroners' court.
Chesterfield coroners' court.

A man with a long-standing history of mental health problems hanged himself, an inquest heard.

Robert Turner, 36, committed suicide at his flat in Rochester Way, North Wingfield, last summer.

The former landscape gardener was discovered by his estranged wife on Tuesday, July 1, Chesterfield coroners’ court heard on Monday.

Mr Turner, who had also previously served in the army, was under the care of mental health professionals.

He was referred to Katrina Reece, a senior occupational therapist with the Bolsover and Clay Cross Adult Recovery Pathfinder, by his community psychiatric nurse as he had expressed a desire for help to get back into work.

Ms Reece told the court she spoke to Mr Turner on the Friday before he killed himself.

She said: “I got the impression he felt alone and unhappy but he didn’t say anything about harming himself.”

A statement by Karen Turner, Mr Turner’s estranged wife, was read out by Derbyshire’s assistant coroner, Paul McCandless.

In it, she said she went to visit Mr Turner on the afternoon of July 1.

She knocked on the door of his flat but there was no answer.

Ms Turner gained access to the property with a spare key and found Mr Turner.

She called emergency services and Mr Turner was pronounced dead at 2.30pm.

PC David McAllister, of Derbyshire police, said no suicide note was found.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mr McCandless said: “Mr Turner had long-standing mental health problems.

“His reasons for taking his own life were a matter for him.

“He didn’t leave a note – some people do, many people do not.

“The fact he didn’t leave a note doesn’t mean he didn’t intend to take his own life,” he added.

Mr McCandless offered his condolences to Mr Turner’s family who were present in court.

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