Suicide verdict after hanging

A CHURCHTOWN man developed depression and committed suicide, an inquest heard on Friday.

David James McLeod, 56, of The Avenue, hanged himself on February 7 in his back garden.

His wife Margaret described how he had become anxious and depressed in the months leading up to his death.

He had been working as a HGV driver for some time.

Mrs McLeod said although no one thing had sparked his depressive state, an accident which had caused his lorry to tip over and accumulative points for speeding on his licence had been playing on his mind.

She said: "He thought he was going to get the sack. He thought if he could not drive for a living then what would he do." She continued: "One night last November, he came home from work at around 4am or 5am and said he had thrown himself into the dock at Heysham.

"The enormity of what he had done did not dawn on me at first."

Mr McLeod had regular contact with a community health team, spent a short time in an inpatient unit in Blackpool and was prescribed anti-depressants, with varying degrees of success.

In the days leading up to his death he appeared quiet and anti-social.

Pathologist Dr Robert Blewitt gave the cause of death as hanging.

Deputy Coroner Mr Derek Baker recorded a verdict of