Bacton care assistant hanged himself, inquest rules

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An inquest has heard that a care assistant hanged himself at his home in Bacton.

The body of Anthony Youell, 51, was discovered on February 12 after police, called by his former partner, forced their way into his Birch Avenue property.

Last Friday (June 6), an inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard how the body of Mr Youell was found hanging in the hallway of his home.

Police had been called by Mr Youell’s former partner Teresa Bailey who had called to check on him.

The couple had recently split up, said Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean.

Attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful and Mr Youell was declared dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination conducted by consultant pathologist Dr Sheila Purdy confirmed that death had been due to hanging.

Dr Dean said Mr Youell’s family had described how he appeared to have a flair for working with people with learning difficulties.

In a statement, the family said: “Working with difficult people had at times taken its toll on him.”

Recording a verdict that Mr Youell took his own life, Dr Dean said: “It is clear from all these very sad circumstances that there was no-one else present at the time and these actions were deliberate.

“ He understood his actions.”