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Inquest told of depression fears over man found hanged in King's Lynn

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Court news (1945309)
Court news (1945309)

A walker found a man hanged from a tree after visiting his grandparents’ graves in a Lynn cemetery, a court has heard.

Vadims Saltis, 23, was found to have hanged himself during a hearing at Lynn’s magistrates court today.

But area coroner Yvonne Blake said she could not conclude that he had taken his own life, as she could not be certain of his state of mind at the time due to the presence of drugs in his system.

The court was told that police had been called to the Hardwick Road cemetery at around noon on October 17 last year after Mr Saltis’ body was discovered.

A statement from Anthony Mervin, who found Mr Saltis around 90 minutes earlier, said he had been leaving the cemetery after visiting his grandparents’ graves and observing the wildlife in the area.

He said he had been unable to report the death until he returned to his home as he did not have a mobile phone with him.

The court was told that Mr Saltis had been living in a house of multiple occupation until a few days before his death. Relatives and friends of his were both concerned that he was suffering from depression.

A post-mortem examination gave the primary cause of death as hanging. Tests also revealed Mr Saltis had the drug ecstasy in his system at the time of his death.

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