Grieving OAP took own life

A GRIEVING pensioner from Sheffield took his own life just weeks after his wife passed away, an inquest heard.

Raymond Hague, aged 73, was found hanging in his home on Erskine Road, Arbourthorne, on Easter Sunday this year.

Sheffield Coroners' Court heard that his wife, whom he met when they were both just children, had lost her battle with cancer just 12 weeks previously.

Mr Hague's son-in-law David Brierley, married to daughter Julie, went to collect him on April 4 when he failed to turn up for Easter lunch at the couple's Dronfield home.

Mr Brierley said: "He was to make his own way up that day. It was getting nearer to lunchtime when we tried to call, but there was no answer.

"We decided I would go and fetch him while Julie finished the lunch."

When Mr Brierley arrived at Erskine Drive there was no answer at the door so he let himself in with his own key.

"I went into the kitchen and called for him to come down. As I turned I saw a note on the glass door.

"It said: 'Please don't go upstairs because I will be dead when you read this. Just call the police - please do not go upstairs.'"

PC Chris Dudley said Mr Hague was found hanging from a electrical lead.

A note was found addressed to his "two loving daughters", requesting "forgiveness for what he had done".

Mr Brierley said he had spoken to his father-in-law every day in the weeks before his death - and he was surprised by the incident.

He added: "I had always known him as a very, very strong character. My nickname for him was Mr Perfect, because everything he did for me was just perfect."

The pensioner's GP, Dr Malcolm Savage of Heeley Green Surgery, spoke to him just a few weeks before the incident.

In a statement read to the court he said: "Mr Hague told me he had been feeling low in mood since his wife died in January. I prescribed him antidepressants in the form of citalopram.

"He said he was worried about something but declined to tell me what it was."

Assistant deputy coroner Donald Coutts-Wood recorded that Mr Hague took his own life.

He said he was sure beyond reasonable doubt Mr Hague fully intended the consequences of his actions.

"It seems to me this was in no way a cry for help. From what I have heard of Mr Hague that is not something he would have entertained in any way."

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