Tunstall man spoke about hanging himself weeks before suicide, inquest heard


A depressed father-of-four from Tunstall spoke to his wife about hanging himself just weeks before he committed suicide, an inquest heard.

North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court was told 41-year-old Paul Walter Poole was found hanging in Victoria Park, Tunstall, on September 8, 2016.


His widow Vikki Poole told the inquest Mr Poole’s brother had hanged himself around 10 years ago.

She said her husband, from Carlton Avenue, had been talking about hanging a few weeks before he was found dead.

Mrs Poole told the inquest: “He asked me if I would change the children’s names if he hung himself.”

The inquest heard that on the day Mr Poole’s body was found, police arrived at the scene at 4.30pm but Mrs Poole was not informed until several hours later as officers struggled to identify the dead man.

Mrs Poole said her husband had been out of the house since 7.45am and later one of her friends posted on Facebook about a man hanging in the park and she realised it was him.

She told the hearing Mr Poole had a history of depression, anxiety and had previously attempted suicide.

Consultant pathologist Dr Besim Latifaj told the inquest the cause of Mr Poole’s death was hanging.

Senior coroner Ian Smith concluded Mr Poole’s death was suicide by hanging.


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