Inquest rules gardener took his own life

Oxford Coronors Court ANL-140430-124041001
Oxford Coronors Court ANL-140430-124041001

A letter for a medical appointment was sent out the same day as a depressed man hanged himself, an inquest heard.

At an inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court last Wednesday, coroner Darren Salter ruled that Anthony Copson, 48, of The Close, Great Bourton, had taken his own life.

Mr Copson – who worked as a gardener and maintenance man – was found dead in his home on April 3.

Police attended the scene but officers were satisfied the death was not suspicious.

The inquest heard how Mr Copson’s wife had driven him to the Woodlands Surgery in Banbury on February 13 when he complained of low mood and a lack of energy and motivation. He was diagnosed with depression, was given a prescription for anti-depressants and a four-week review was planned for March 17.

Mr Copson did not attend the review because he had been reluctant to leave the home, so his GP Dr Godfrey Vera visited him in his home on March 19. When asked during both appointments whether he felt suicidal, Mr Copson had said no.

In evidence read out in court, Dr Vera said: “My opinion was that he was suffering from bipolar disorder and that he was currently in a depressive state.” He referred Mr Copson to Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health team to consider a diagnosis of possible bipolar disorder.

A letter was sent out to Mr Copson by the mental health team on April 3 – the same day he died – for a routine assessment appointment taking place at The Elms on April 7.

In evidence read out in court, Mr Copson’s wife said he had many ‘ups and downs’ .

Coroner Darren Salter said: “It seems clear there was a diagnosis of depression and there may also have been a diagnosis that he was bipolar but it had not made its way through the system.

“Given the act in question and the circumstances, I am satisfied Mr Copson intended to take his own life so that is my conclusion.”