Depressed Downham Market man took his own life

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A Downham man with a history of suicidal thoughts took his own life, a coroner ruled yesterday.

An inquest was held at Lynn into the death of Peter Baker, 50, of Bridge Road, who died on March 6, 2013.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake heard that Mr Baker had shown signs of depression since separating from his partner at the end of 2011.

However, he had said he would not act on his suicidal feelings because of his children,

In February 2013 he stopped taking an antidepressant which he had been prescribed as he felt it was making him more anxious. His GP prescribed an alternative drug to help with depression which had the additional benefit of helping him to sleep.

Mrs Lake heard that on March 5 Mr Baker saw his GP again when he seemed to be improving, but not as quickly as he would have liked. His medication was increased to help speed up his improvement.

On March 6 Mr Baker did not join his parents at their home for dinner as expected and his mother found him unresponsive at his home next door.

Mrs Lake said: “He had left a note indicating his intentions.”

A post mortem found the cause of death was a drug overdose and Mrs Lake concluded that Mr Baker took his own life.

She said: “Despite Mr Baker not giving his doctor or family any indication that he intended to take his own life, I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he took his own life and intended to take his own life on the basis of his history of low mood and the note left by him and the circumstances leading to his death.”

An inquest was also held into the death of Lynne Donaldson, 45, of Greenland Avenue, North Lynn, yesterday.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake heard Mrs Donaldson had been alcohol dependant since 2004 and died at home on October 29, 2012.

Her GP said she tried hard to deal with her drinking.

Mrs Lake concluded that Mrs Donaldson died from abuse of alcohol exacerbated by self-neglect.