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Death-note twist from suicide man

PUBLISHED: 12:59 30 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A FELIXSTOWE recluse killed himself after splitting up with his girlfriend, a coroner's court was told.

A FELIXSTOWE recluse killed himself after splitting up with his girlfriend, a coroner's court was told.

And in an awful twist for his family, 52-year-old James Coupar, who had arranged to meet his sister at a pub on the day on his death, instead left a suicide note at the premises for her to read

Coupar, known as Jimmy to his family, took 60 paracetamol tablets, which caused severe internal bleeding and destroyed his liver, Ipswich coroner, Dr Peter Dean, heard.

He had previously told his estranged partner, Anne Treadwell: "You'll never see me again but you'll hear about it," just days before he committed suicide.

Mr Coupar from Tacon Road, had a history of suicidal behaviour and had tried to kill himself before.

His daughter, Debbie Allen, told the inquest: "The last time I saw him he seemed OK to me; his usual jolly self."

But she later admitted that she had not seen her father for more than year.

"He split up from the girlfriend he had been with for quite a long time and it did affect him quite badly but seemed to have picked himself up from that," she added.

The coroner also heard how Mr Coupar had attempted to kill himself before, once while still a child.

Mrs Allen added: "He was a changeable person. He could have quiet days and happy days and could put a face on so no-one would worry about him."

Mr Coupar's sister Jacqueline Barrett said: "He was a recluse to the family in many ways. He would send letters to say he was OK but not where he was."

"Mr Coupar both understood and intended his actions," said the coroner, who recorded a verdict of suicide.

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