Pensioner takes his own life

A RETIRED carpenter who became depressed following his wife’s death hanged himself at his home in Southwick, an inquest heard.

James Bailey, 77, of Greenfield Close, was found hanging from the loft hatch with a pair of step ladders nearby on August on May 18.

The inquest at Centenary House in Durrington heard how Mr Bailey had become depressed over his wife’s death and his own health issues.

He had been suffering form heart problems and swollen legs and had been going through a very difficult time.

He had previously tried to kill himself in September, 2013.

Police were called by a neighbour who had seen two notes in his window, one of which said ‘call police now’.

Several notes were found inside the house indicating that he had meant to take his own life.

Assistant coroner for West Sussex Dr Karen Henderson said: “It’s clear there was no third party involvement and I am satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that Mr Bailey wished to take his own life.

“There is evidence that Mr Bailey was depressed.

“Perhaps most significant were the notes that he left which showed a very clear capacity and mental process to take his own life.

“He simply did not wish to carry on.”

Dr Henderson recorded a verdict of suicide.