Suicide ‘could not have been foreseen’

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A man who died after he stabbed himself in the chest was being treated for mental health issues.

A man who died after he stabbed himself in the chest was being treated for mental health issues.

Brian Spink, 57, had been under the care of a psychiatrist and was scheduled to undergo a CT scan as part of his treatment the day after his death.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said it was clear Mr Spink’s actions had not been a cry for help given the seriousness of the wound he inflicted upon himself.

Mr Spink was a managing director who lived in Dunill Lane, Hepworth.

He was found by his wife, Sally Ann, in the kitchen of their home at 6.30 in the morning on February 15, after he had inflicted the wound.

Mrs Spink called an ambulance and paramedics treated Mr Spink but were unable to revive him.

An inquest into his death, held last Thursday, heard that Mr Spink told psychiatrist Dr Rachel Jones he had previously taken out a knife with the intention of killing himself.

Dr Jones had spoken to Mr Spink’s wife on the evening of February 14 and it was decided a home visit would not take place.

In a report Dr Jones said Mr Spink’s suicide came as ‘a great shock’.

The inquest heard she believed he would be safe at home that night.

Pathologist Dr Sheila Purdy found the cause of death to be a massive internal haemorrhage caused by a knife wound.

Mr Spink did not have alcohol or unprescribed drugs in his system.

The inquest heard that he had been prescribed anti depressants.

Dr Dean, speaking at Thursday’s hearing, said: “Clearly attempts were made to try to assist Brian Spink and the tragic outcome of that night could not have been foreseen at that particular time.”

Dr Dean offered his condolences to the family.