Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 26°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Man took his own life after battling depression, inquest told

18:47 15 April 2014

Ip-City Centre, where the inquest was held.

Ip-City Centre, where the inquest was held.

A Suffolk man took his own life while “the balance of his mind was disturbed”, an inquest has ruled.

shares

Police and paramedics were called to a property in Clopton, on January 20 after it was reported that 33-year-old Barrie Pearce’s body had been discovered.

An inquest at IP-City Centre heard that “evidence of planning” had been found.

The inquest also heard that Mr Pearce, who had two children with his first partner, had battled depression previously.

Mr Pearce had been persuaded to seek counselling for mental health problems, but died before this could take place.

Mr Pearce’s cause of death was given as asphyxia and gassing.

Yvonne Blake, assistant coroner, said: “It is clear that Mr Pearce was depressed and suffering from a mental illness at the time of his death. I am not satisfied that he was thinking clearly when he died.

“I am going to say that Mr Pearce took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.”

After Mr Pearce’s death, a serious incident investigation was launched by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), which provides mental health services in the two counties.

This determined that the trust had only had one contact with Mr Pearce, that an assessment had taken place and that counselling was due to take place.

If you would like confidential support or advice, please call the Samaritans on 08457 909090 or, alternatively, visit www.samaritans.org

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The Women's Tour finishes stage one in Aldeburgh

The economic benefits brought to the region through its inclusion in this year’s Women’s Tour are expected to top £1million – providing a financial boost to more than match its sporting legacy.

Fears IVF could just be for the rich in Essex. Picture: PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

A campaign group has warned fertility treatment may only be available to the wealthy in Essex.

Nathan Staples appears at Bury Magistrates Court.

A young man from west Suffolk has been sentenced for so-called ‘revenge porn’ in what is believed to be one of the first cases of its kind in the county.

Hollesley Bay open prison

Hollesley Bay open prison has been praised in a report by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB).

Christine Woods is the new headteacher at Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich.

The headteacher of an Ipswich academy placed in special measures has been praised in a new Ofsted report for quickly instilling a “sharp focus” and “renewed impetus”.

The snake found by police in Chevallier Street, Ipswich

Police officers in Ipswich made an unusual arrest this morning when they found a snake on the loose.

Cavendish Road in Clare is set to be closed for roadworks.

An energy company has “gone all the way” in addressing people’s concerns over major gas works in Clare this summer, a councillor has said.

Police are attending to the crash

One lane of the A14 near Ipswich is closed after a crash this morning.

Little Wellington pub, Stowmarket is for sale

A man who went on a drink-fuelled ‘rampage’ in Stowmarket during which a police officer was hit in the face by a rock has been jailed.

Police are investigating the incident

Police are investigating a crash in Chelmsford after a driver involved failed to stop.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages