Hero police inspector was found hanged
ACOURAGEOUS police officer hanged himself after a row with his wife.
Inspector Steve Porter, 45, died at his home in Poynton on December 28.
An inquest at Warrington coroner’s court on May 5, heard that the accomplished police officer, who worked for Greater Manchester Police, was awarded a commendation from the chief constable for excellent policing in recogni- tion of his professionalism, sensitivity and courage in resolving a potentially major incident at Manchester Airport.
But in a narrative conclusion, Cheshire assistant coroner Alan Moore said while Mr Porter did hang himself, his intent was unclear.
Mr Porter’s first wife Emma Shone recalled two incidents when she said he had attempted to take his own life, one in 2002 and another in 2009.
The inquest heard that other than taking an anger management course in 2001, he never spoke to his doctor about suicidal thoughts.
In 2014, Mr Porter married a second time to Louise, a sales manager who had children from a previous relationship.
Mrs Porter told the inquest the couple argued about parenting styles, including one row on Christmas Day, 2015.
She said: “I wanted to park the discussion until after the holidays, but on December 28 Stephen tried to start the discussion again. I said I didn’t want it to spoil the children’s Christmas, so Stephen stormed downstairs. I heard him say something to his children, who were watching TV.”
Mrs Porter found her husband hanged in the garden shed just before midday.
In his conclusion, Mr Moore said that it was not clear that he intended to take his own life.
He said: “There is a pattern of anger, temper, of an argument with the then partner, which led to him going off on his own.”
After the hearing, Mrs Porter said: “He was a very respected police officer.”
●● Inspector Stephen Porter (left) was presented with his commendation by Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy