Ball Green man shot himself when caring for his ill father became ‘too much,’ inquest heard

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A Ball Green man shot himself after caring for his sick father became ‘too much,’ and inquest heard.

Gary John Pierpoint, 54, was a full-time carer for his father, who suffered from dementia, North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court was told.

Mr Pierpoint was was found dead on August 2, 2016, in his bedroom after police forced their way into his house on Wilding Road.

He had shot himself in the head with a double-barrel shotgun.

The inquest heard he had been an engineer at Potteries Die Company Ltd, before retiring to take care of his father after he was diagnosed with dementia more than 10 years ago.

Mr Pierpoint trained hunting and working dogs and was known to have several licensed guns.

He also had a long history of depression and anxiety.

Mr Pierpoint split up with his partner around 12 months before his death and ever since had turned to his old friend and ex-partner Claire Edwards.

In a statement, Claire told the hearing how her relationship with Mr Pierpoint started up again in May 2016, but soon became reclusive.

She said he would tell her, ‘This is no life’ and, ‘I cant go on like this much longer’, but she did not regard him to be suicidal.

Claire told the court: “Gary used to talk about how he couldn’t cope, but I never thought he was suicidal, it came as a total shock.”

In early May 2016, Mr Pierpoint visited his GP and was referred to a counsellor and was prescribed anti-described anti-depressants.

In a statement, his close friend, Lisa Clay explained how they had been friends for more than 12 years and they often spoke over the phone if not visiting his home.

She told how he disclosed to her how worried he was about his debts and the costs of his father’s treatment.

Pathologist Dr Hiam Ali, who carried out the post-mortem examination, gave the cause of death as head gunshot wounds.

Deputy North Staffordshire Coroner Anthony Curzon concluded Mr Pierpoint’s death was suicide.

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