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Father was found dead after swallowing tablets.

Byline: By ANNA HAMMOND South Wales Echo

A father was found dead at home after taking an overdose.

The body of Martin Richard Wenger, 46, was discovered by his son-in-law after the family became concerned of his whereabouts.

Cardiff Coroner's Court heard how Mr Wenger, an office manager, was taking antidepressants but it was an overdose of heart tablets that killed him on July 28, 2003.

Despite leaving no note, Cardiff Coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott said the high level of drugs demonstrated Mr Wenger's intent and ruled that he killed himself.

The inquest heard that Mr Wenger would usually call his daughter Rhian every morning before leaving for work.

But on July 28, he did not make the call and she and his ex-wife became concerned.

Rhian and husband Michael Smart went to Mr Wenger's home in Wind Street, Barry, that evening using a spare key to get in the back door.

Mr Smart went upstairs where he found Mr Wenger lying on the bed. There was no sign of life, the inquest heard.

The emergency services were called and police found empty packets of tablets in the kitchen bin.

Pathologist Debra Cook, who performed the post-mortem examination concluded that the level of anti depressants in Mr Wenger's blood was not high enough to result in death but the heart tablets were at a high level.
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Date:May 27, 2004
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