HANGED DAD ‘COULD NOT COPE WITH SON’S DEATH’
AGRIEVING dad killed himself less than a year after the tragic death of his teenage son.
Paul Christopher Abbott, 46, was ‘unable to cope’ with the death of son Conor, Paul’s mum Lesley said.
Mr Abbott was found hanged at his home on Palmerston Street, Bollington, in August last year.
An inquest into his death concluded he had taken his own life.
Conor, 17, was found hanged at his home on Brook Street, Macclesfield, in September 2013.
An inquest into Conor’s death last December recorded an open verdict, finding that there was insufficient evidence that he intended to take his own life.
Friends and relatives paid tribute to Mr Abbott after the hearing. His dad Derek said: “Paul was a loving and caring person who would help anyone.”
ADAD killed himself after struggling to cope with his teenage son’s death a year before.
Paul Christopher Abbott, 46, was found hanged at his home on Palmerston Street, Bollington, on August 14, 2014.
His death came just 11 months after 17-year-old Conor Davenport-Abbott was found dead at his home on Brook Street, Macclesfield.
At an inquest at Macclesfield town hall Nicholas Rheinberg, Coroner for Cheshire, concluded that Paul Abbott had taken his own life.
Speaking after the hearing Lesley Abbott, Paul’s mum, said Conor’s death had devastated her son.
She said: “We tried to give Paul incentive to keep going: his daughter, who he called his princess; a visit to Australia to see his brother Nathan; his family, but he just couldn’t cope with life without Conor. His heart was broken in two.”
The inquest heard that Mr Abbott was a happy child who grew up to become a talented stonemason.
However, after Conor was born, Mr Abbott began drinking alcohol and taking drugs including heroin and crack cocaine, the hearing was told. Since 1999 Mr Abbott had been getting treat- ment for his drug use but his engagement with substance misuse services was sporadic.
After Conor’s death in September 2013 Mr Abbott began drinking excessively and complained of being depressed, the inquest heard.
Friend Julie Rowbotham, who was the last to see Mr Abbott two days before his death, said he had spoken about previous suicide attempts.
In conclusion Mr Rheinberg said: “Paul had a long history of difficulties, but the main one was alcohol. He may have been able to get it under control if it wasn’t for the tragic death of his son, which hit him very hard.
“He constantly thought about his loss.”
Paying tribute Paul’s dad Derek said: “Paul was a loving and caring person who would help anyone.
“He loved all sports and was a big Manchester City fan. He also loved Formula One racing.
“He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.”
An inquest into Conor’s death last December recorded an open verdict.
The coroner found that although he died as a result of his own actions his mental condition and intoxication was likely to have affected his judgement and there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he intended to take his own life.
Toxicology revealed that he had alcohol and two ‘legal highs’ in his blood stream.
l● Paul Abbott’s son Conor
●● Conor Davenport-Abbott died last summer, a tragedy that his father Paul was never able to come to terms with