Kirkheaton man found hanging in barn by his cousin

A MAN with a history of alcoholism and depression was found hanging in the barn at his home, an inquest heard yesterday .

A MAN with a history of alcoholism and depression was found hanging in the barn at his home, an inquest heard yesterday .

Peter Watson, 53, of Hillside, Kirkheaton, was found by his cousin.

The Huddersfield hearing was told how Mr Watson lived with his mother Ellen but she had gone to Scotland with her sister.

Mr Watson would often binge drink while she was away.

Kirklees coroner Dr Peter Straker was told how Mr Watson was found hanging by his cousin Steven Norcliffe at about 1pm on July 11 this year.

Dr Straker recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Watson died as a result of self-harm.

In a statement Mr Norcliffe described Mr Watson as an alcoholic who would binge drink while his mother was away.

Mr Norcliffe told how he arrived at the cottage at the same time as a neighbour.

Mr Watson’s dog was outside so the neighbour walked the dog back.

When they couldn’t find Mr Watson, Mr Norcliffe looked in the barn and saw him inside. There was no sign of a disturbance.

The inquest heard that Mr Watson had suffered from depression and had also abused alcohol and prescription drugs.

He had previously suffered a fractured pelvis and other injuries after a fall from a window but he never admitted it was a suicide attempt.

No note was found after his death.

Dr Straker said there was not enough evidence for him to be sure Mr Watson intended to take his own life.

 
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