Inquest finds man took his own life
AN inquest has concluded that a 21-year-old Runcorn found hanged at home in Runcorn took his own life.
Matthew James Craig, 21, of Balfour Street, was declared dead at 1am on December 27, 2017, by paramedics shortly after his body’s discovery, the hearing heard.
Despite Mr Craig having had past issues with alcohol and cocaine, toxicology tests found no legal medication or illicit drugs in his system, and his blood alcohol level of 93 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dl) was only slightly above the drink drive limit of 80 mg/dl.
No note was found at the scene and police found no signs of struggle or intrusion, and investigators ruled out foul play or third party involvement.
He had been to a party on Christmas Day evening and returned home at around 3am in the early hours of Boxing Day.
Mr Craig’s body had some scratches believed to be the result of self-harm, of which he had a history.
The inquest heard that Mr Craig had been diagnosed as suffering depression in 2012 following an overdose attempt.
He also had suffered suicidal thoughts in the past but had said he had no intention to act upon them.
Mr Craig had engaged with alcohol abstinence support, therapy and also with the Change Grown Live alcohol and drug misuse service in Widnes.
He had complained that the waiting times for rehabilitation referrals were too long, but in 2017 seemed to be ‘getting himself together’ and had been drug-free but appeared to relapse after his grandmother passed away.
Jean Harkin, assistant coroner for Cheshire, read details from a statement by his mother Patricia Craig for her to confirm.
She confirmed that Matthew Craig was born in Chester and had been unemployed, having quit a previous temp job in Chester because of his aversion to confrontation with others.
He had never enjoyed school but was popular, and former teachers were among the more than 100 mourners who attended his funeral service.
Mrs Craig said her son had seemed ‘very happy’ in the run-up to Christmas, planning his social events and what he was going to wear.
The coroner recorded a conclusion that Mr Craig took his own life by hanging.
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