THE Daniel Sutcliffe inquest has given an insight into the anguish of mental illness.

The 33-year-old had gone from schoolboy weightlifting champion and exceptional student to a man so tormented he gouged his own eye out.

For his family the last 10 years of Daniel's life had been tough to bear.

Daniel blinded himself in his left eye after reading a Biblical passage.

The passage read: "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out."

Daniel, a deeply religious man and a member of the Christadelphians in Huddersfield, did just that.

No-one knows what turned the fun-loving youngster into a man stricken by a terrible mental illness that had him in and out of hospital all his adult life.

Daniel's late father, David, was a lay preacher at the Christadelphian Church in Rashcliffe and his mother, Margaret, has been a member there for many years.

Daniel was the second youngest of four children. The others are Robert, Keziah and Joseph.

The family lived in Storths Road, Birkby, moving to Edgerton in 1981.

All the children went to Birkby Junior School, then Fartown High before moving on to universities.

All were immensely proud when Daniel achieved a place at Jesus College in Cambridge studying economics.

But he left after just two terms.

He married in 1988 and started a degree in civil engineering at Leeds University.

The following year his son, Joshua, now 16, was born.

"Daniel was always immensely proud of Joshua," said brother Robert Sutcliffe. "Joshua meant everything to him in life."

But Daniel's mental health started to worsen. He quit the degree after one year and his marriage broke down.

Daniel never worked or studied again. He lived in several flats and was admitted to St Luke's Hospital for psychiatric treatment many times - often after being sectioned by doctors.

"There was no sign of what was to come at all. We were a laughing, joking family," said Robert.

"Until his early 20s Daniel had everything to live for.

"After he became ill he could not have wished for better parents who did all they could to help him.

"My brother-in-law, Mindir Paul, has also been brilliant support and knew just how to handle Daniel and defuse potentially volatile situations."

"The last 10 years or so before his death were very difficult times for us all. He was a big strong man and a handful to deal with."

He added: "Daniel had written poetry in the years before his death which was read out at his funeral.

"It was bleak and almost too painful to read, reducing many people to tears.

"He had so much potential, but his illness robbed him of it."

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