Woodbridge: Woman’s shock at partner’s suicide

THE girlfriend of a young waiter who hanged himself told an inquest that she had no idea why he had taken his own life.

Steven Morris, 21, was found hanging from a bannister rail at his home in Christchurch Drive in Woodbridge on September 17.

Mr Morris’s girlfriend Terri-Anne Vearer told an inquest in a statement that she felt they had a future together and couldn’t explain what had happened.

An inquest into his death held at Ip-City yesterday heard that Mr Morris, originally from Bristol, had suffered from mood swings following the death of both his parents several years ago.

On September 17, Mr Morris’s cousin Sammy Coombes and Miss Vearer went round to his home after he failed to answer calls on his mobile phone.

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After gaining entry Ms Coombes went to look upstairs and saw Mr Morris hanging from a bannister railing with his body lying down a flight of stairs.

Ms Coombes told Miss Vearer not to come upstairs and went to get a knife to cut Mr Morris down.

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In a statement Miss Vearer described Mr Morris as lacking in confidence following his parents deaths and that on the morning of September 17 he had felt depressed.

Miss Vearer said: “I went round to his house with Sammy to try and find him. After a while she told me not to come upstairs. I looked up and saw his feet and I knew that he had gone.

“We had a future together and I can’t explain why he took his own life. He did not leave anything to explain why.”

A post mortem examination confirmed that the cause of Mr Morris’s death was hanging and that no traces of alcohol or drugs had been found in his body.

Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “It does appear from the evidence that he intended the consequences of his actions.”

Dr Dean recorded a verdict of suicide.

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