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Man took life after quoting bible

PUBLISHED: 13:01 28 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A WITNESHAM man wrote passages from the Bible in a suicide note, believing God protects those who take their own lives.

A WITNESHAM man wrote passages from the Bible in a suicide note, believing God protects those who take their own lives.

Peter Turner, 60, took his own life sometime before February 23, when he was found dead by police officers at his home in Weyland Road.

The retired electronics engineer had lovingly cared for his sick common-law wife for a year, but had talked of taking his own life, Ipswich Coroners Court heard yesterday.

The retired electronics engineer had been prescribed anti-depressants shortly before his death and had been having difficulty living with his partners' illness.

But his common-law stepson, Paul Gardner, told coroner Dr Peter Dean: "We still don't really know why he took his own life because he did not appear to us to be depressed."

When Mr Turner was found he had been dead for sometime.

The police had been called by worried friends to a property after they became concerned about his welfare.

Pc Jeff Cribb, who found Mr Turner, told how he put a ladder to an upstairs window and saw Mr Turner lifeless on a bed.

He said: "There were well over 100 tablets of varying descriptions on the bed, as well and lemonade and ginger beer, but no alcohol.

"There was a note – a suicide note, and an apology to proprietors for the trouble he had caused. There were also passages from scripture with regards to protection given by the Lord to those who take their lives."

He said Mr Turner had also left an address book open, with highlighted names, for those people who needed to be contacted about his death.

In recording a verdict of suicide, Dr Dean said: "It appears that Mr Turner was an extremely thoughtful man who had made specific plans regarding his death.

"He understood and intended his own actions and everything points to a clear and carefully thought out suicide."

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