Ruabon man's death may have been 'cry for help'

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Jamie Nield-Siddall

A MAN slashed his throat in what could have been “a cry for help”, an inquest heard.

Father-of-two Robert Michael Jones, 58, told doctors he was “too chicken” to kill himself, despite admitting to having thoughts of self harm.

On May 2 Mr Jones’ best friend, Karl Saffy, discovered him with his throat cut in his bed at his home on Hafod Lane, Ruabon, the inquest at Wrexham was told yesterday.

In a statement read out by John Gittins, coroner for North East Wales and Central, Mr Saffy said he had known Mr Jones for 34 years. 

He said they both had an interest in farming and described him as being like a brother.

He said he could not believe Mr Jones had taken his own life, adding: “He always thought people were weak if they did that”.

In the days leading upto his death Mr Jones had an altercation with his stepson, the inquest heard.

Mr Saffy told the inquest his close friend was depressed, adding: “I believe he may have been pushed into it.”

The inquest was told Mr Jones had been suffering with delusional thoughts. 

A psychiatric report showed he took himself off anti-depressants, demonstrated no real improvements and expressed thoughts of self harm.

A report from December 2012 also highlighted Mr Jones suffered with persistent delusional disorder and only attended his appointments infrequently.

Mr Saffy, who would go to Mr Jones’ home on a daily basis, let himself in on May 2 and found him in upstairs with “several wounds to his throat”.

There was notes left on the kitchen table, written on pieces of cereal boxes, with indications of an apology and general regrets in life.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Jones died as a result of multiple lacerations to each side of the neck as well as a loss of blood.

However, Mr Gittins said he was not satisfied Mr Jones had intended to kill himself.

“I cannot be certain that what he did was any more than a cry for help,” the coroner said. “That said, this was not an accident.”

Mr Gittins, who reached an open conclusion, said as Mr Saffy would on occasions visit his friend’s home “three to four times a day”, Mr Jones could possibly have been expecting to have been found sooner than he was.

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