Man shot himself in Sheffield woodland to end his own life

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A Sheffield man suspected of being a drug dealer shot himself to end his life, an inquest heard.

Stevie Lee Liversidge, aged 22, was found with fatal head injuries in Buck Wood, off Gleadless Road, Gleadless Valley, last May.

A dog walker discovered Mr Liversidge’s body the day after he was reported missing from his home on Errington Avenue, Arbourthorne.

He sent a series of text messages to his mum on the day he disappeared, in which he spoke of his love for her, apologised and suggested he was planning to kill himself.

An inquest into his death heard police checks suggested Mr Liversidge may have been a drug dealer.

Detective Sergeant Iain Rawlins said it may explain why he had access to a gun.

He said officers examined his mobile phone records and found a number of calls made to him from public phone boxes.

They also found ‘people that knew his mobile telephone number off the top of their heads’ but then admitted they were ‘not great friends’ with Mr Liversidge.

“I can’t say for definite but from the inquiries we completed it would appear Stevie was involved in dealing drugs,” said DS Rawlins.

“That would give some reason as to why he would have a firearm.”

He said there was nothing to suggest that Mr Liversidge had been shot by a third party.

Tests on the gun suggested Mr Liversidge was the last person to touch it.

Assistant coroner Julian Fox recorded a verdict that Mr Liverside took his own life.