Father’s death bid was ‘cry for help’

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A dad found dead at his Blackpool flat after cutting his forearms with scissors may have been making a “cry for help” an inquest heard.

Trevor Wooding, 45, died from hemorrhagic shock caused by blood and/or fluid loss, Blackpool Coroners’s Court was told.

PC Paul McNerney who attended the scene, told the inquest how a neighbour who had heard three knocks from Mr Wooding’s flat – a sign he was seeking help – ignored them because on previous occasions he had “cried wolf”.

The court heard that Mr Wooding, a jobless former factory worker, suffered from problems with alcohol and depression and had been referred to the local mental health team.

Weeks earlier he had fractured his hip after falling over while playing football with his nephew and was admitted to Blackpool Victoria 

His mother, Marie Wooding, told the inquest her son had de-toxed in hospital and did not appear to have been drinking heavily on the three occasions she then saw him before his death, including the day before.

She said he had met his daughter at Coral Island in Blackpool to celebrate her 17th birthday and had seemed okay.

“He never told me he wanted to end his life,” she said.

Mental health liaison team nurse Torix Rooney said Mr Wooding had a “mild low mood” when discharged from hospital but did not seem significantly depressed and was pointed in the direction of community alcohol 

The court heard Mr Wooding may have been lying dead for hours on the kitchen floor of his flat on Central Drive before his mother found him at 1.15pm on Monday, August 18.

He had several lacerations on his forearms, one of which exposed an artery.

The post-mortem recorded only low levels of alcohol and anti-depressants.

Pathologist Sameer Shaktawat said Mr Wooding’s death was caused by hemorrhagic shock caused as a result of a shortage of blood and oxygen being directed to vital organs due to heavy bleeding.

Blackpool and Fylde Coroner Alan Wilson said that 
although Mr Wooding had told mental health staff he had overdosed on medication on three previous occasions, he did not consider them to be related to the incident.

Mr Wilson said a decision by Mr Wooding to change his clothes after cutting himself and attempts to clean up blood were “suggestive of someone making another cry for help” .

He said Mr Wooding may have regretted harming himself.

Concluding that it was unlikely that Mr Wooding had intended to take his own life, Mr Wilson recorded a narrative verdict which found the blood loss had proved fatal.