In­quest held into sea death

The Scarborough News - - Front page -

A MAN who had been treated for de­pres­sion in Scar­bor­ough’s Cross Lane Hos­pi­tal was found dead float­ing in the sea in Whitby, and in­quest heard.

Wil­liam Robert Peir­son, of Up­gang Lane, Whitby, had been al­lowed to go home from hos­pi­tal but was due to have an MRI scan on the day he died.

An in­quest into the 62 year old’s death was held at Scar­bor­ough County Court.

The court heard how Mr Peir­son’s body had been spot­ted in the wa­ter by a tourist at around 7.15am on Oc­to­ber 8.

A state­ment was read out from PC Damien Tay­lor, who at­tended the in­ci­dent.

Speak­ing at the in­quest, Mr Peir­son’s wife of 24 years, Cyn­thia, said that un­til her hus­band started with de­pres­sion he had been ex­tremely well.

She said her hus­band had re­ceived in-pa­tient treat­ment and been sec­tioned, adding: “The med­i­cal peo­ple did ev­ery­thing they could to help him over each episode.”

Re­fer­ring to the day be­fore his death, Mrs Peir­son said: “Bill seemed to be in quite a good mood. He was gen­er­ally a happy per­son un­til he was un­well. He had started to sing a lot and I thought ‘Great, we’re get­ting some­where’.”

A re­port by con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist Dr DaSilva said: “Mr Peir­son had a 20-year his­tory of mental ill­ness in­clud­ing de­pres­sion and an anx­i­ety dis­or­der.

“He had at­tempted sui­cide since 1991 on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.” On sum­ming up Mr Oak­ley said: “Mr Peir­son was found float­ing in the sea and died of drown­ing, but the cir­cum­stances of how he got there are not clear.

“There­fore I will record an open ver­dict.”

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