Tragic grandson's wish to 'end it all'

A 24-year-old Chesterfield man hanged himself after telling his grandmother he wanted to "end it all", an inquest heard.

Grant Probert, of Dalvey Way, New Whittington, suffered from depression and had made attempts to harm himself in his teens. He had abused drugs and alcohol in the past.

His mother, Alison Probert, took him to a locum doctor in July and he expressed a wish to kill himself. He saw his own GP the next day and an urgent mental health assessment was ordered.

Mrs Probert said he was “desperate for help”. Hartington mental health unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital had referred him elsewhere and she said his treatment was “like ping-pong”.

Grant was staying with his grandmother, Betty Probert, in Victoria Avenue, Staveley, at the time of his death, on August 10.

She told police he kept saying his ex-girlfriend was “doing his head in” by sending him text messages at all times of day and night.

They had an argument about his ex-girlfriend and he stormed off. When he returned he told her: “I wish I could end it all”.

She was later unable to get any reponse from him or enter his room, and she asked neighbours for help.

Victoria Finnegan and her partner went to the property. Grant was found slumped behind the bedroom door, which they pushed open just enough to see that a tie fastened around his neck was fixed to the door handle.

The tie was cut free but his body was already cold and without a pulsebeat. Paramedics were called.

Post-mortem tests revealed he had drunk the equivalent of more than three times the limit for motorists and this was enough to have affected his judgement.

Deputy North Derbyshire Coroner Robert Hunter recorded a verdict that Grant took his own life while the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed.