Pensioner not deemed a suicide risk was found hanged at home

Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson
Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson
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A pensioner was found hanged at his Blackpool home after suffering from depression, an inquest heard.

Patrick Downey, 71, was found by a police officer at his home on Howard Street at just after 9.30pm on March 25.

Blackpool Coroner’s Court was told Mr Downey, who lived alone, but had a partner, was found hanging from loft ladders.

A note was found on the lounge table on which he said he was “sorry for what he had done”.

A post-mortem found only ‘therapeutic’ levels of the anti-depressant mirtazapine, codeine and paracetamol, in his system

The inquest heard that Mr Downey’s niece Deirdre McGivern had told the coroner’s officer her uncle had been staying with family in Northern Ireland but had returned to Blackpool a week early on March 21.

She said Mr Downey had suffered with depression for about two and a half years but had not understood why.

During his stay he had visited a GP because he was “very depressed” and told his family his medication was not working.

They had planned to visit him within a couple of weeks.

She said Mr Downey’s death had been “a shock but not unexpected”.

Enquiries confirmed he had not sought help from the Lancashire Care mental health trust.

The court heard he had last visited St Paul’s Medical Centre in Blackpool about his depression on February 24, where his request for more mirtazapine had been refused because he was already on the maximum dosage.

The record of the visit said he was not suicidal.

Blackpool and Fylde coroner, Alan Wilson, concluded Mr Downey had intended to take his own life and confirmed pathologist Samir Shaktawart’s finding that he had died due to hanging.