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Man's death was a 'deliberate action' Verdict of suicide is returned by coroner.

A DEPRESSED man hanged himself outside his mother-in-law's home, an inquest heard.

Alan Blackett, 49, of Brinkburn Street in Byker, Newcastle, was found dead on December 31 last year.

He had been married to Rachel Davidson for five years but they had separated and he had told her he was taking anti-depressants.

Ms Davidson told the inquest, at Newcastle Civic Centre, she had visited Mr Blackett's house the previous night and found her husband "very intoxicated".

She said they had briefly discussed getting back together and he seemed happy, giving her no reason to believe he wanted to harm himself. But the next day she woke at her mother's home, where she was staying, to find Mr Blackett dead outside the house.

Newcastle coroner David Mitford said there was no evidence Mr Blackett was under the influence of drugs, and although he had been drinking, Mr Mitford said his alcohol levels did not suggest he was heavily intoxicated at the time of his death. But notes found in Mr Blackett's house "quite clearly indicate he was going to bring his life to an end", he said.

Returning a verdict of suicide, Mr Mitford added: "It seems this is a deliberate action on his part."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2012
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