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Man took his own life in Snettisham woodland, inquest is told

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A man who was found hanging in woodland in Snettisham had a history of depression, an inquest at Lynn has heard.

Andrew Simpson, 48, of Leziate, was reported missing on January 27, and search teams were sent out to look for him.

On February 3 a volunteer from Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue found Mr Simpson’s body suspended from a tree in woodland near Beach Road, Snettisham.

A statement from Mr Simpson’s GP revealed he had been diagnosed with severe depression in February 2010.

The inquest, which was held at the Lynn County Court on Monday, heard that he had gone missing for nine months in 2011 when he took an overdose.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake heard in a statement from David Simpson that in December 2012 his brother Andrew had become reclusive. He stopped going out to socialise and stopped doing his job as a window cleaner.

In January 2013 Mr Simpson stopped going to Jehovah Witness meetings, which he had been involved with for about 25 years, and became more and more scruffy.

Mr Simpson was last seen by his family on January 24.

When his body was found there was no note and police were satisfied there was nothing suspicious about his death.

Mrs Lake said the cause of death was suspensory asphyxia due to a ligature and she concluded Mr Simpson took his own life whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed.

She thanked the police and Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue for their efforts to find Mr Simpson.

 

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