Man wrote 'God bless' before death by drowning; OAP took his own life, inquest rules.
Byline: Dave Himelfield Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A DESPERATE father scrawled 'God bless' on a scrap of newspaper before drowning himself, an inquest heard.
David Hudson, 77, was found in the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal at Slaithwaite Road Bridge, Thornhill, Dewsbury, early on March 23.
The day before Mr Hudson had been wandering the streets intending to walk in front of a vehicle to 'end it',' an inquest heard yesterday.
Bradford Coroner's Court was told that Mr Hudson had struggled with alcohol since being evicted from the home he and his wife shared.
He had cut his throat and wrist with scissors and on another occasion had taken his week's medication in one go.
The dad-of-two had since moved into sheltered accommodation on Walker Street, Thornhill Lees, where he had been a 'sociable' and 'liked' resident.
But his mental health rapidly deteriorated in the months leading up to his death, the inquest heard.
The retired engineer and security guard tidied his room and wrote 'God bless' in 'extremely shaky handwriting' on a piece of newspaper before leaving the sheltered complex.
He was discovered in the water by a cyclist at around 7.40am on March 23.
An ambulance crew tried to resuscitate Mr Hudson but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Jeanette West, who managed the sheltered accommodation complex, said she had been really upset to learn about Mr Hudson's death.
But in a statement read at the inquest Ms West said she had anticipated it was going to happen.
West Yorkshire Coroner Oliver Longstaff concluded that Mr Hudson had intended to take his life.
Mr Longstaff said: "He remained in possession of his faculties and was able to make his own decisions."
The coroner added that while there wasn't a single factor to show Mr Hudson's intentions there was other evidence to show he had intended to end his life.
Mr Longstaff concluded: "The appropriate conclusion is that Mr David Hudson intended to take his own life."