Health worry sparked tragedy

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A man died after stabbing himself in the chest following battles with his health, an inquest heard.

Adrian Wilson, 60, of Westmorland Avenue, Blackpool, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on June 28 following the incident at his home.

Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson

Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson

Blackpool coroner’s court heard Mr Wilson, who collected knives for display, pushed the 15in blade into his chest after becoming increasingly agitated.

The court was told Mr Wilson had earlier received benefits after being diagnosed with balance problems.

It was revealed the retired factory worker had become concerned about making mistakes on his benefits form, and wanted to make sure he could keep covering the family finances.

His wife, Wendy, said her husband would sometimes panic about the forms and suffered from mood swings.

He had also been affected by the death of his brother at Christmas, the court was told.

The inquest heard on the morning of June 28, Mr Wilson had become increasingly agitated at the family home.

Mrs Wilson, who was in the kitchen, decided to call an NHS helpline to ask for advice.

She was told to call 999, and while on the phone heard a groan and a thud from the lounge.

She told the court she thought her husband had lost his balance, but when she went to see him, found him on his knees, face down.

She tried to turn her husband onto his back, when she saw a knife and blood.

Ambulance crews arrived at 12.50pm, but Mr Wilson died at hospital at 1.40pm.

A post mortem revealed the blade had caused injuries to his liver, heart and lungs, with the main cause of death blood loss.

Delivering a narrative verdict, Blackpool coroner Alan Wilson said: “This is someone who had suffered from mobility and balance issues and lived with his wife, who at the time of his death was his carer.

“I accept the cause of death offered, and I accept the police evidence there was no other DNA on the knife.

“The conclusion is on June 28 at 12.30pm, Adrian Digby Wilson, at a time when he was observed to be suffering 
particular distress and agitation, removed a knife and in the lounge stabbed himself, suffering fatal internal injuries.”