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Fight tips suicide bouncer over the edge

PUBLISHED: 18:25 15 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

A BOUNCER who was well known by clubbers in Ipswich gassed himself in a fumed filled car, an inquest has been told.

The hearing in Ipswich heard the body of Steven Walker was found by his girlfriend Lorna Beales in the garage of his home in Melton.

A BOUNCER who was well known by clubbers in Ipswich gassed himself in a fumed filled car, an inquest has been told.

The hearing in Ipswich heard the body of Steven Walker was found by his girlfriend Lorna Beales in the garage of his home in Melton. A hose-pipe was attached to his car exhaust.

Documentary evidence by relative, Keith Walker, recalled that the 25-year-old, was "a fit and healthy man…he had mood swings, but got over them."

He was living with his girlfriend of two years, but they had split a few days before she found Mr Walker dead at his home in St Andrew's Place in September.

Shortly before his death the court heard Mr Walker, who was on license from prison, was involved in a fight in the Stowmarket area. The court heard the fight "tipped him over the edge" as he was adamant that he wasn't going back to jail.

Despite the break-up Mr Walker had still been in contact with Ms Beales texting her messages via the mobile telephone.

The day before he had sent her a text message saying she was special to him and asked her to look after his dog. In another he wrote that his head hurt and he kept feeling sick. Later in the morning his phone went dead.

Worried Ms Beales went to his house the next day where she smelt fumes. Evidence by a police officer who attended the scene revealed Mr Walker was in the driver's seat. The engine was running for some hours "possibly all night."

His dog – who was had been sick upstairs – died from suffocation due to the overwhelming smell of carbon monoxide.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean spoke of the concerns Mr Walker had of going back to prison and that Ms Beales was worried enough to go round to his house.

"Against the background of the events that had taken place he appears both to have understood and intended the consequences of his action. The conclusion is that he took his own life."

Mr Walker met his girlfriend while he worked at Pals two years ago, although he left shortly after. He worked for ntl for five years as an engineer but had taken part time works with nightspots Pals and Brannigans to boost his income. For the last six months he had been working as a driver for Frontline Rescue, towing broken-down cars.

At the close of the inquest at the County Court in Arcade Street, Ipswich, Dr Dean recorded a verdict of suicide.


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