'Suicide' text was phoned to girlfriend

A MAN sent his girlfriend a text message indicating suicide then took a fatal drugs cocktail while she chatted to a friend in another room.

Shotblaster Martin Peters, aged 31, sent Tracy Smith a text message indicating suicide after going to bed. It reached her mobile phone at 11.38pm but she did not see it until after her friend left just before 1am.

"I went straight to the bedroom downstairs. I tried to wake him up but I realised he was dead. There were some tablet packets on the floor," said Ms Smith, of Thoresby Avenue, Shirebrook, north Derbyshire.

She called paramedics but Mr Peters was declared dead at Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield. Pathologist Dr Roger Start told a Chesterfield inquest that Mr Peers had taken fatal levels of painkillers and anti-depressants and had also drunk double the alcohol limit for motorists.

Ms Smith, a mother-of-three, showed Pc Dave Glossop the text message the following morning. She had had a relationship with Mr Peters for seven years and he had taken an overdose on previous occasions, the most recent being last summer.

She said he came home at 8pm on January 18 and watched television before going to bed at 10.30pm. She stayed up talking to a female friend until almost 1am, when she saw the text message.

Ms Smith said he gave no indication he intended to harm himself and had seemed OK when he watched television. She was unaware of any incident that might have upset him that night.

North Derbyshire coroner Tom Kelly recorded an open verdict on Mr Peters.

"The text message seems to indicate what he was likely to do, but not for certain. I cannot be sure of his intent and he had drunk a considerable amount, which would have affected his judgement," said the coroner.