Terminally-ill Cumbrian man carried out threat to take his life
Last updated at 12:13, Monday, 20 February 2012
A terminally-ill west Cumbria pensioner carried through his threat to take his own life, an inquest has ruled.
Derek Hodgson was found unconscious by his wife, Marjorie, in their home at Church Close, Distington, on November 30 last year.
Paramedics arrived on the scene, but failed to resuscitate Mr Hodgson, 73, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem revealed the cause of death to be hanging, and coroner David Roberts ruled that Mr Hodgson had taken his own life.
A healthy man throughout his life, Mr Hodgson became unwell shortly after he retired, aged 70, from his job as a cement mixer driver. He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and his health deteriorated rapidly which caused him to suffer from low mood.
Mr Hodgson had made various comments expressing a desire to end his life, the coroner was told, and on one previous occasion a noose he had formed was found in his house.
However, Mrs Hodgson told the inquest that, on the day her husband died, she did not believe he had intended to kill himself.
“I think it was a gesture and he has not meant to do what he did,” she said. “This is what he wanted, however, and it pleases me that he is no longer suffering.”
Mr Roberts concluded: “He was terminally ill and his quality of life had reduced substantially. It’s clear that he was unhappy with the state of his life due to his ill health, and the fact that he carried out the deliberate acts that led to his death indicate that he was fully aware what he was doing.”
First published at 11:26, Monday, 20 February 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
Have your say
- Dogs banned from some parks and spaces in Cumbria (31 comments)
- Hundreds offer to quit Cumbria County Council (45 comments)
- Parking ban on staff at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary (106 comments)
- National Grid reveals route for new power lines network (34 comments)
- Have your say on how much to pay Cumbria's county councillors
- New council base could bring hundreds of jobs to Workington (13 comments)
- Health chiefs' secret plans to split north Cumbria's hospitals (47 comments)
- Bid to use BT phone kiosks to house defibrillators (17 comments)
- Theft-hit Carlisle church forced to close its doors (12 comments)
- Carlisle Utd in further talks with "billionaire"
Court & crime
|NEWS & STAR ON:|
- Boss Curle key to former QPR winger signing for Carlisle Utd
- Carlisle Utd new boy to draw on influence of England hero Kane
- Pub of year prize for Cumbrian landlord after just two years at helm (3 comments)
- Father died trying to rescue daughter from river
- Teenager stabbed man in back six times in Carlisle attack