Bolsover dad found hanged at his home

A Bolsover man who struggled to cope with his wife's death was found hanged at his home, an inquest was told on Thursday.

A Bolsover man who struggled to cope with his wife's death was found hanged at his home, an inquest was told on Thursday.

Ex-miner Kenneth Beer (58), of Houldsworth Crescent, lost his wife in March last year after nearly 30 years of marriage.

His son Lee told the Chesterfield inquest his father had problems coming to terms with her death and had been prescribed anti-depressants.

He said his father had complained about pains in his head and underwent a scan which found nothing wrong.

Mr Beer had apparently made two previous suicide attempts and spent six weeks at Hartington mental health unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Lee said Mr Beer was released for a short period on 24th July, but his condition seemed to be worsening and he appeared upset and depressed.

He said he spoke to his father from work on the morning of the 27th July, but could get no response when he called later at around 2.30pm. He went to Mr Beer's home and found him hanged.

Said Lee: "He never indicated on the phone that he might do this."

Pathologist Dr Karen Ramsden confirmed the cause of death was hanging and Mr Beer had not taken an overdose or been drinking.

North Derbyshire coroner Tom Kelly recorded an open verdict and said he doubted the previous incidents were serious suicide bids.