Sheffield death leap dad ‘made case’ for home leave

Craig Dore
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A HOSPITAL consultant who granted a depressed dad home visits - during one of which he jumped to his death from a bridge - told an inquest he wished he had spoken to the man’s wife alone about her fears for his safety before making the decision.

Craig Dore, aged 49, plunged 200ft from the M1 viaduct at Tinsley while he was supposed to be on two hours’ leave at his home on Totley Hall Mead, Totley.

Just over a week earlier, he had been granted home visits by Dr Abhijeeth Shetty, then a locum consultant psychiatrist on Nether Edge Hospital’s Burbage ward.

Craig, who had been sectioned, was first allowed out only three days after trying to hang himself in his garage.

Dr Shetty told Sheffield Coroner’s Court that Craig was assessed as being at ‘moderate to high risk’ of self-harm, but was given leave in order for him to keep up his exercise regime.

“He didn’t come across as someone who was trying to hide information and was making a reasonable case for leave,” the doctor said.

“It’s not my usual practice to give leave within two days of admission.”

Dr Shetty said he didn’t consult Craig’s wife Jillian separately, even though she had earlier expressed concerns that her husband wasn’t telling the truth.

“I accept given what’s happened that we should have asked her separately - I wish I did,” he added.

Craig, a dad-of-three who worked as a butcher, had been booked to see medics at 10.45am on the day of his death in December 2010, but he did not turn up.

Staff agreed to wait until his home leave ended at 1pm.

“I should have rung his wife when I discovered he wasn’t on the ward,” Dr Shetty told the inquest.

The psychiatrist said he was ‘shocked’ when he discovered Craig ‘hated’ being on the ward, and said he was unaware he had been attempting to hang himself in his room.

The inquest continues.