‘He was on bed cry­ing’

In­quiry into man’s death con­tin­ues at sher­iff court

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY STEVEN RAE

A DUNDEE man who took his own life is said to have lain cry­ing in a men­tal health cen­tre, a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­quiry has heard.

So­lic­i­tor Danny Devine gave ev­i­dence at Dundee Sher­iff Court on be­half of the fam­ily of Dale Thom­son.

Dale, 28, of Charleston, was ad­mit­ted to Car­se­view men­tal health cen­tre on Jan­uary 8 2015 but dis­charged him­self two days later.

He was read­mit­ted on Jan­uary 22 and af­ter an ap­point­ment at Car­se­view the fol­low­ing day was again al­lowed to leave. Dale was found dead by his mum Mandy McLaren, 49, and his twin brother Billy, at home on Jan­uary 27.

Dr Al­lan Scott, a con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist was asked by the Crown, as an ex­pert not per­son­ally in­volved in Dale’s treat­ment, to pro­duce two in­de­pen­dent re­ports de­tail­ing his find­ings into the dad-of-one’s death.

Mr Devine ad­dressed Dr Scott and put to him state­ments given by Dale’s fam­ily, which they felt were not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion by med­i­cal staff who as­sessed Dale between Jan­uary 8 and him leav­ing Car­se­view for the fi­nal time on Jan­uary 23.

Mr Devine said: “The fam­ily have said that when they went to see Dale between Jan­uary 8 and 10 he was up­set. His grand­mother went up on Jan­uary 10 and said Dale ‘seemed ag­i­tated and an­gry’.

“He asked the nurse about when he was to be seen by the doc­tor. He felt he was es­sen­tially left on his own.”

The nurse is then said to have told Dale he would be as­sessed on the fol­low­ing Mon­day, which “pro­voked a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion from Dale”, Mr Devine said.

Dale left Car­se­view on Jan­uary 10, but his ag­i­tated state con­tin­ued. He made threats to blow his flat up as well as telling his fam­ily he was hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts and delu­sions that they were out­side his house.

He was even­tu­ally taken back to Car­se­view by po­lice on Jan­uary 22.

Mr Devine con­tin­ued: “His grand­mother went to visit him and said Dale was ly­ing on the bed cry­ing. He felt he was be­ing ig­nored by the nurses on the ward. Dale then said to his grand­mother, ‘Even the nurses dinna think I’m worth sav­ing’.” Dr Scott told the court this re­in­forced his find­ings that Dale was “prob­a­bly suf­fer­ing from some form of psy­chotic ill­ness” as well as a de­pres­sive ill­ness.

The in­quiry con­tin­ues.

An in­quiry is be­ing held into the death of Dale Thom­son.

Danny Devine

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