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West Norfolk man found dead in Wereham garden workshop, inquest told

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A 65-year-old with a history of depression took his own life at his sister's West Norfolk home, an inquest has heard.

Essex born Andrew Wildman was confirmed dead in a workshop at a property in Wereham around midnight on August 12.

This morning's inquest heard Mr Wildman had divorced from his second wife, and was suffering with depression.

An inquest into the death of Andrew Wildman at Wereham took place on Tuesday, November 10
An inquest into the death of Andrew Wildman at Wereham took place on Tuesday, November 10

On August 12, family members had not seen him all day but presumed he may have gone for one of his long walks to clear his head in the morning.

The inquest heard Mr Wildman was found by her sister in a garden workshop that evening and she dialled 999.

A note was found by officers signed by Mr Wildman, which said: "In the end, I had no choice."

A statement by Mr Wildman's sister, read out in court, said: "My dear brother Andrew was a thoughtful person. He came to live with us with special affection after he lost his first wife and mother of two children, then divorced from his second.

"He decided relationships were not for him. He ran a landscape garden business for many years and was a creative person who loved woodworking, nature and music. My life will never be the same again."

A GP statement told the inquest Mr Wildman had not expressed any thoughts of self-harm, but had been diagnosed with depression for a few years.

A summary by assistant coroner Johanna Thompson said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Wildman's death with the medical cause of death stated as hanging.

She concluded he had died of suicide.

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