Derbyshire dad took his own life, coroner rules

The inquest took place at Chesterfield coroners' court.
The inquest took place at Chesterfield coroners' court.

A father with a history of depression and anxiety took his own life, a coroner has ruled.

John Mellows, 51, of Upper Croft, New Tupton, hanged himself in his garage on July 17 last year.

On Thursday, a Chesterfield coroners' court inquest heard the electrical engineer - who was prescribed antidepressants and was under the care of mental health professionals - had previously taken overdoses.

In a statement read out during the inquest, Mr Mellows' widow Amanda described him as a 'lovely man' who was a 'loving husband and dad to two children'.

He faced stresses at work and was receiving counselling, she added.

Coroner Susan Evans concluded Mr Mellows died of suicide.

She added: "It's very clear that his family had been a huge support to him in his life."

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