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Hoveton man who hanged himself at home had history of depression, inquest told

PUBLISHED: 16:47 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 03 January 2018

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay

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A man who hanged himself at home had a history of depression and thoughts of self harm, an inquest has heard.

James Chew, 37, was found hanging in his bedroom by his brother at home in Hoveton on July 29 last year.

An inquest into Mr Chew’s death held in Norwich heard he had a history of depression, low mood, overdoses, thoughts of self harm and suicide.

A statement read on behalf of his mother, Barbara Chew, said he had “suffered with mental health for a number of years” and had been diagnosed with bi-polar.

The inquest heard on July 28 he returned home from babysitting for a friend clearly upset but would not say what was wrong and went to bed.

Mrs Chew and her husband went out to Cromer the following day, leaving Mr Chew asleep at their Tunstead Road home, but were called later that day by an ambulance first responder, telling them to come home as something had happened.

They were greeted by ambulance staff and police who told them that Mr Chew had hanged himself.

Mr Chew’s brother Simon had found him and alerted the ambulance service but nothing could be done to save him.

The inquest, held in Norwich yesterday heard that in January 2017 Mr Chew had been required to undertake a programme by Norwich Magistrates Court as part of a community order.

He had been found guilty of racially aggravated common assault and threatening to cause criminal damage following an incident at a fast food outlet.

The thinking skills programme involved Mr Chew being filmed, which made him “anxious” and “angry” although was subsequently changed so that he need not be filmed. He had not expressed to anyone any plans to self harm.

Senior Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said there was not enough evidence to suggest that he intended to take his own life and so could not reach a conclusion of suicide. She did however issue a short narrative conclusion that he hanged himself.

The Samaritans are available to talk by calling 116 123.

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