Troubled OAP found hanged

A pensioner troubled by failing health hanged himself three weeks after his daughter's death, a Chesterfield inquest was told.

Frank Dunks (77) became more reliant on his family as his health deteriorated and this made him feel depressed.

His daughter, a cancer victim, died on April 1. His depression deepened and he “made comments about being a burden which were not taken seriously at the time,” said Pc Amanda Tyas.

The inquest heard that his wife Ruby woke up at 3am on April 26 and he was not in the room.

Mrs Dunks initially thought he had gone for a walk, which was not unusual, but she became concerned when he did not return and she phoned her granddaughter, Carrie Ingall.

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Then, just after 5am, she found her husband hanged from a roof beam in the garage.

Her granddaughter arrived at 5.30am and cut the ligature but paramedics declared that he had died.

Pc Tyas said Mr Dunks had not left a note to indicate that he intended to take his own life.

Post-mortem tests found medication had been taken according to the normal, therapeutic dose. The cause of death was asphyxia.

North Derbyshire Coroner Tom Kelly recorded a verdict of death from self-administered asphyxia on Mr Dunks, of Freydon Way, Calow.