Welwyn Garden City man found dead at home, court hears

PUBLISHED: 14:25 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 18 May 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


A coroner has returned a conclusion of suicide after a Welwyn Garden City man was found dead in his home.

Middlefield resident Mark Haynes, 54, described by his sister as a “very lively, caring person”, was found by a lodger on March 10 last year.

Chief coroner Geoffrey Sullivan listed the official cause of death as asphyxia due to suspension by ligature.

The Old Courthouse heard that Mr Haynes, who owned a small removals business, had become stressed about headaches which he believed were caused by paint fumes at a job.

After nothing was found during several assessments, concerns were raised about his mental health, following which Mr Haynes refused to take recommended medication, the court heard.

A post-mortem found no evidence of paint poisoning.

“It does seem that the increasing concern about his physical ailments is likely to be a symptom of increasing anxiety and stress,” the coroner added.

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