Coroner says location shows this was no cry for help Debt and mental illness led man to hang himself
email@example.com A man who built up more than £23,000 in debts hanged himself despite successfully taking action to settle his bills.
David Martin continued to be plagued by mental health problems and committed suicide at his own lock-up garage in Aldington, an inquest heard last week.
Detective sergeant Stuart Ward told the hearing that Mr Martin had amassed Barclaycard, Royal Bank of Scotland and other credit card debts adding up to £23,625.
But he had taken up an IVA (individual voluntary agreement), a repayment proposal to creditors to avoid bankruptcy.
Central and south-east Kent coroner recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Martin had taken his own life while suffering from mental illness.
The inquest heard that the trip to the lock-up from Mr Martin’s Ashford home would have involved a journey by car.
Mrs Redman said; “He took himself far away where he was not able to be found for several hours.
“He didn’t want it to be a cry for help. He did want to end his life, and there was a background of mental illness.”
Mr Martin, 37, of Augusta Walk, Ashford, was found dead by girlfriend Trudi Day at the lock-up in Aldington last February.
Police were called out at 11.05 that morning.
DS Ward said that on the previous evening Mr Martin had stayed with Ms Day in Ashford but left, saying “I can’t do this” and leaving his mobile phone behind.
Ms Day went looking for her boyfriend, and turned up at the lock-up. His car was in the garage, and she found him hanging from a ladder.
The inquest, at Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wedneday last week heard that police ruled out any third party involvement in the death, and that they concluded Mr Martin had taken his own life.
A GP’s report said Mr Martin had attended a mental health clinic last December but failed to attend the follow-up appoinment the next month.
Mr Martin was said to have planned suicide before, and to have had a sense of abandonment.
His father, Stuart Martin, said he and the family were aware his son had mental health issues, but added: “We never realised how bad it was.”
Mr Martin Sr said that his son no longer wanted contact with the family, and they respected that without realising how troubled be was.
The tragedy was reported by the Kentish Express at the time. The location of the lock-up was given as behind T&L Coopers butchers off Roman Road.
T&L Coopers butchers, Aldington, behind which was Mr Martin’s lock up