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Weasenham man died at home after overdose on Christmas Eve, inquest told

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An elderly man died on Christmas Eve last year after an overdose of medication, an inquest heard today.

Derek Hopkin, who was 87, was found at his home on Massingham Road, Weasenham, on the afternoon of December 24, 2019 after a call to emergency services.

The court was told that Mr Hopkin, a retired engineer, had been having difficulty sleeping because of an upcoming court case.

Norfolk Coroner's Court
Norfolk Coroner's Court

In a statement which was read to the court, Mr Hopkin's neighbour, Jim Harper, said he had been caring for him periodically and had "watched him become a very frail old man."

He added: "I would say he was a normal, upbeat person most of the time. It was only when he had a court case against him that he said he was having trouble sleeping and said he wanted to be dead."

A post-mortem stated the medical cause of death was an overdose of medication.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake concluded Mr Hopkin had taken his own life.

The Samaritans' helpline number is 116 123 for those in need of support.

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