Jury in throat-slit inquest to consider evidence

South Shields Police Station
South Shields Police Station

A JURY will today be asked to consider their finding at an inquest into the death of a man who slit his throat in front of his parents after being released from police custody.

All of the evidence has now been presented at the hearing, which is being led by South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney at Gateshead Civic Centre.

David Young drove to South Shields police station on July 2, 2012, to ask for help with his drug problem and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

The 34-year-old was later taken to his parents’ house in Fennel Grove, South Shields, in the early hours of July 3.

But after arriving, the father-of-one, who had a history of mental health issues and amphetamine abuse, cut his throat with a kitchen knife in front of his parents, Ann and Leslie Young.

Mr Young, an HGV driver, who lived in Dene Mews, Sunderland, was pronounced dead at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Mr Carney told the jury on Friday: “This inquest is not finished. You should not discuss this case between yourselves at this stage, or outside of this courtroom with anyone.

“You will be asked to adjudicate on the facts and details of this case and come to a conclusion.

“Monday sees you taking control of the final stages of this procedure.”

The hearing continues.

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