In­quest finds man took his own life

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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.

Search on­line for help with al­co­hol, drug and men­tal health sup­port.

Sui­cide is the lead­ing cause of death of men un­der the age of 50 in the UK.

Call the Sa­mar­i­tans free helpline on 116 123 any time of the day or night.

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