HANGED DAD ‘COULD NOT COPE WITH SON’S DEATH’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER stu­art.greer@men­media.co.uk @stu­art­greer

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

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