Newcastle-under-Lyme man found hanged by his brother


A Newcastle-under-Lyme man was found hanged by his brother, an inquest heard.

Harry Purton-Lally, 25, hanged himself on January 16 at the house he shared with his brother Nathan, North Staffordshire Coroner’s was told.

The inquest was told that, having exchanged text messages with Harry during the day, Nathan returned home from work at 7pm,

The court heard he had noticed the garage lights were on and he shouted but there was no reply.

The garage was locked with a note attached to the front and a broken window which had been covered by a wooden door.

A statement from Nathan Purton-Lally said he managed to get into the garage and found his brother hanging.

It said he tried to resuscitate him to no avail, the police and ambulance services then arrived and Harry was pronounced dead shortly after 7.30pm.

The inquest heard that Mr Purton-Lally had been diagnosed with psychosis, associated with depression by his GP three years prior to his death.

His mother Theresa Bailey: “He had planned to go to university, but had low self-esteem and couldn’t see a way out.”

She told the inquest that he had previously attempted suicide by drinking bleach and that the death of his seven-year-old sister had a “particular impact” on him.

Several letters addressed to family members were found by police who attended the scene.

Pathologist Dr Besim Latifaj confirmed that the cause of death was hanging.

Ian Smith, Senior Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, recorded a verdict of suicide.

He said: “It is absolutely clear Harry attempted his own life.”

“He had plenty of time in which to effect his death and expected Nathan to find him.”






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