Depression and alcohol problems led to Lavenham man taking his own life

Coroner's Court at Active Business Centre, Bury St Edmunds. ANL-161129-133123009
Coroner's Court at Active Business Centre, Bury St Edmunds. ANL-161129-133123009

A man killed himself in his Lavenham home while suffering from alcohol problems and depression, an inquest has heard.

Police had been called to an address in Meadow Close on October 14 after reports of a strong smell.

After gaining entry, officers found the decomposed remains of Kevin Freeman, 58, who had hanged himself in a bedroom.

The inquest today at Bury St Edmunds heard that the floor of the property was littered with empty drink cans up to three or four deep.

A suicide note was found inside a book on a table. Mr Freeman was identified using fingerprints.

In a letter, Mr Freeman’s GP said he had suffered with alcohol issues and depression and been helped by mental health professionals.

Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone recorded a conclusion that Mr Freeman took his own life.