Found hanged at home on Christmas Eve

A teacher troubled by depression was found hanged at his home on Christmas Eve, a Chesterfield inquest heard.

Anthony Williamson (59) retired from full-time teaching a few years ago and had been teaching deaf students at Chesterfield College on a part-time basis.

“He was a popular, intelligent man with many friends. He had a problem with depression that lasted, periodically, for nearly 30 years and he took various forms of medication,” said Pc David Hibbert.

The inquest was told that Mr Williamson, of Eckington Road, Coal Aston, stopped taking Librium because he felt it was not helping him. He was prescribed Prozac, which he also stopped using because it made him feel “spaced out”.

On the morning of December 23, he told a friend, Shaun Boler, he couldn’t “carry on like this”. Mr Boler visited him that afternoon and noticed he seemed calm and gave no indication he was contemplating suicide.

The next day, friends Timothy Bates and Ian Stewart went to his home but got no response. They contacted Mr Boler and police were alerted.

Pc Hibbert said officers forced entry to the property and Mr Williamson was found hanged from the loft hatch. No suicide note was found.

Post-mortem tests revealed traces of a prescribed drug within therapeutic dosage levels.

North Derbyshire Coroner Tom Kelly recorded a verdict of death from self-administered asphyxiation.