Inquest held into death of young man from Chesterfield

A young man from Chesterfield died after he hanged himself, an inquest heard.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 7:56 pm

Construction worker James Alton, 30, passed away at his home on Station Road, Brimington, on October 29 last year.

Mr Alton’s inquest took place at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court on Thursday.

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The inquest was held at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court.

Sarah Huntbach, assistant coroner, said: “He was experiencing depression and was receiving medication from his GP.

“He was also diagnosed with alcohol dependency and had self-referred to the Derbyshire Recovery Partnership.

“He had on previous occasions expressed intentions to take his own life.

“High levels of alcohol were found on toxicology analysis at post-mortem sufficient to impair James’s cognitive function.”

Ms Huntbach recorded a narrative conclusion setting out the facts.

An inquest is a public judicial inquiry to find the answers to a limited but important set of questions: who the deceased was; when and where they died; the medical cause of their death; and how they came by their death.

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