Tragic find after one last call to friend

A YOUNG man killed himself by taking five times the toxic amount of an anti-depressant, an inquest heard.

Blackpool Coroner's Court was told Jon Samuel Stitt, of Hesketh Avenue, Bispham, had more than 5,000 microgrammes per litre of dothiapine in his body – 1,000 would be enough to prove fatal.

The inquest heard the 26-year-old, who was originally from North Shields, had moved to Blackpool in July last year.


In a statement read out by Coroner's Officer Helen Greaves, his friend of five years Carol-Ann McDonald said they had had a brief relationship for about a week, but that it "did not feel right as we had been friends for so long".

He had attempted to take his own life before and had called her a couple of days before he died to say he was going to take an overdose.

She had not been too concerned as he had threatened to do this before.

But when she did not hear from him for a couple of days she called police who broke in and found Mr Stitt dead on September 17.

Coroner Anne Hind, recording the verdict that he took his own life, said: "We have no idea why, but he obviously got himself in such a state that he felt life was intolerable."