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Suicide with insulin.

A man killed himself with his partner's insulin, an inquest heard.

Graham Higson died at the home he shared with his diabetic partner, Stephen Barrett, last September 22.

The Huddersfield inquest yesterday heard that Mr Higson, 35, had a long history of alcohol abuse and self- harm.

The day before his death he had been involved in a family court matter.

In a statement his wife, Karen Louise Higson, said they had married in 1999 and had a daughter, now aged four. The couple separated in 2003.

She said Mr Higson had taken overdoses of aspirin and said he had drunk bleach.

Mr Barrett, of Rorden Heights, Ferndale, Sheepridge, said Mr Higson had a serious problem with alcohol.

This had not been helped because he had managed several pubs in the area during the early part of their relationship.

On the night before his death they had spent the evening together at home and Mr Higson had spoken to his mother later on.

Mr Higson had made up Mr Barrett's diabetic injection, then carried on drinking until he went to bed at about 1am.

Mr Barrett went to bed an hour later.

The next day he couldn't wake Mr Higson and found him with an insulin pen. He had injections in each arm.

Mr Higson died from an insulin overdose and had drunk just over four times the legal limit of alcohol for driving.

Coroner Roger Whittaker said Mr Higson had intended to take his life.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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