Hatfield man took his own life in midst of financial struggle

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 22 March 2018

The Old Courthouse in Hatfield, where the inquest was held. Picture: JP Asher

The Old Courthouse in Hatfield, where the inquest was held. Picture: JP Asher

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A Hatfield man took his own life after leaving his job and falling into financial difficulties, a coroner has ruled.

Wayne Marshall, 53, of Salisbury Square, was found dead by his flatmate on October 4 last year, having died by hanging.

An inquest into his death was held at Hatfield Coroners Court on Wednesday, March 21.

PC Kieran Nunn, a Herts police officer who was called to the scene by the ambulance service, told the court: “The paramedics had stopped the CPR and recognised his death at 4.17pm.

“The flatmate was the first person who found Mr Marshall. Mr Marshall had been suffering with a chest infection for which he was on paracetamol and ibuprofen.

“There was a suspicion he had recently lost his job. Mrs Marshall had sent a message to him alluding that she knew he was in financial difficulty.

“A crime scene was put in place as procedure.”

Coroner Geoffrey Sullivan ruled that Mr Marshall had died by asphyxiation. He said: “There was nothing the police officer could see which looked untoward.

“The background that I have in respect to Mr Marshall comes from his GP, which describes Mr Marshall as being in reasonably good health. He had a cancer scare where he had a colonoscopy in 2016.

“There was no mention of him requiring treatment for depression.

“The history provided by Mrs Marshall suggested he was in some difficulty in the period leading up to his death.

“He had left his job and had found it extremely stressful.

“He continued to give the impression that he was still working, which appeared not to be the case.

“He was well into his overdraft and had spent over his credit card limit.

“There was nothing to suggest anything suspicious in this case.

“Therefore I must return a conclusion of suicide.”

Mr Sullivan concluded the inquest by expressing his sympathy with Mr Marshall’s family.

•Welwyn Garden City-based charity JOCA (Just One Click Away) offers help to young men and women suffering from mental health issues, highlighting how suicide is the biggest cause of death among men aged 22 to 42.

To contact JOCA (anything discussed with JOCA is strictly confidential) email joca@welwynrfc.co.uk

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