Depressed man hanged himself after losing job

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A DEPRESSED man hanged himself from a South Tyneside seafront landmark, an inquest heard.

A fisherman discovered David Brown’s body at The Groyne, next to Littlehaven Beach, in South Shields.

Yesterday, an inquest heard how the 20-year-old was at times depressed and had left a suicide note.

Coroner Terence Carney read out parts of the note, found beside Mr Brown’s body by police called to the scene just before midnight on February 18.

It read: “I don’t know why I’m doing this, because nobody cares. It makes no odds if I’m dead or alive.

“I love everyone who cares about me.”

Pathologist Gemma Kemp, from the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, revealed how Mr Brown, who had recently lost his job at Nissan in Tyne Dock, South Shields, had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

Mr Brown, who lived with his uncle, Alexander Livingstone, in Pollard Street, Lawe Top, South Shields, had taken medication for depression in the past.

His uncle told the inquest that three weeks before he died, Mr Brown had his bike stolen and was attacked by a gang.

Mr Livingstone also told the coroner there were no obvious signs that his nephew was again suffering from depression.

Before recording his verdict, Mr Carney said he had to be sure Mr Brown intended to take his own life.

He said: “He left a note, which, sadly, said he did not feel much self-worth. It quite clearly indicated his state of mind.

“He had taken himself off to a quiet and somewhat obscure place, and there had been a bit of planning, as he had taken a rope.

“For all those reasons, I find it hard not to record a verdict of suicide.”

He added: “I’m sad to have to record this, but I am satisfied that he did kill himself.

“This was a young man who was from time to time chronically depressed.”

* Verdict: suicide.