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Man planned his own death, inquest told; WILLENHALL.

A MAN who suffered from depression "meticulously" planned his own death, a coroner said.

Lloyd Woodcock, aged 40, was found hanged from a tree in Willenhall Memorial Park by Anthony Ball, who was out walking his dog.

Police found stepladders at the scene and Mr Woodcock was carrying a craft knife, a box of anti-depressants and a note addressed to his father Arthur, which left instructions on looking after his bank details and dog.

A post mortem examination revealed the self-employed landscape gardener died of asphyxia due to hanging and, although the tablets were in his possession, he had not taken an overdose.

Mr Woodcock, who lived with his parents in Clarence Road, Bilston, had left the house the evening before he was found hanged on October 26.

Black Country coroner Robin Balmain recorded a verdict of suicide and said: "It does seem to have been meticulously planned."
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