Carpenter killed himself after row

A CARPENTER drilled a hole in his loft to hang himself after arguing with his fiancée on the way back from an evening at the pub.

A CARPENTER drilled a hole in his loft to hang himself after arguing with his fiancée on the way back from an evening at the pub.

Jamie Brooks was found hanging from the loft hatch by his belt following on from an argument with his bride-to-be, an inquest has heard.

The Claydon resident left a note in the couple's bedroom to explain his decision to end his life on July 26.

An inquest held at Ipswich Crown Court this week heard how Mr Brooks of Thornhill Road, had previously threatened to take his life but Abigail Johnson, his fiancée, had never believed he would go through with it.


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After arguing on the walk home from the pub and in the house, Miss Johnson went outside to have a cigarette, where she heard the sound of drilling and then discovered her boyfriend's body hanging from the loft hatch.

Greater Suffolk coroner Peter Dean read out a statement to the court describing how the couple's neighbour cut Mr Brooks down before paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate him.

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He told the court it would be unnecessarily distressing to read out the contents of the suicide note but added: “We have a situation where it appears what took place was totally unpredicted and totally unexpected.

“But it does appear that all the evidence signifies the actions at the time conducted were deliberate actions.

“It may well be the actions were based on thoughts at the time and it may have been a spare of the moment action.”

He returned a verdict that Mr Brooks had taken his own life, in response to the circumstances of the night.

Would you like to pay tribute to Jamie Brooks? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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