Ipswich: Dad took his own life because he couldn’t face being 60

IPSWICH: A father who struggled to cope with reaching a milestone birthday was found hanged at a beauty spot, an inquest heard.

David Lambert, of Landseer Road, Ipswich, was found by a dog walker at Orwell Country Park.

He was discovered hanged from a chestnut tree on October 1, exactly a month before he was due to turn 60.

An inquest into the 59-year-old’s death heard he would not let any of his family organise any celebrations for the anniversary.

Greater Suffolk coroner Peter Dean, referring to a statement from his daughter-in-law Debbie O’Hara, said: “There was a feeling – with his 60th birthday approaching – he would not let anyone arrange anything, almost as if he’d planned what he did.”


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Dr Dean, referring to a suicide note found at Mr Lambert’s home address, added: “There was no specific reason but he could not cope with becoming 60 years old.”

The inquest heard Mr Lambert - described as a “happy-go-lucky” family man – was found by Mark Cooper, who was out walking his dog.

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Police sealed off the beauty spot after the discovery. Mr Lambert was confirmed dead at the scene.

Dr Dean, sitting at IP-City Centre in Bath Street, Ipswich, on Wednesday, recorded a verdict that Mr Lambert took his own life.

He added: “It’s likely Mr Lambert understood and intended the consequences of his actions.

“I’m going to record a verdict of him taking his own life and our thoughts are very much with his family.”

Family members, who attended the inquest, declined to comment.

n Would you like to pay a tribute to Mr Lambert? Write to Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN

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