Heartache for man, 66

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A WIGAN carer, who was plagued by a severe skin condition, hanged himself in the car park of a retail park.

Michael McCann, of Fraser Road, Worsley Hall, had suffered with severe eczema on his hands and feet which forced him to wear mittens and caused pain when he walked.

The 66-year-old, who had a history of alcohol problems and was prescribed anti-depressants, was found dead by security staff at Windmill Centre Shopping Complex, in Widnes, at around 10pm on August 28.

An inquest at Warrington Coroner’s Court heard Mr McCann, who worked as a carer for young people with mental health problems, had struggled to come to terms with the shock deaths of his partner’s mother and brother-in-law just four days apart in June.

Doctors had also been unable to treat Mr McCann, who also worked as a courier on coach trips to Lourdes, as he battled with eczema.

Despite overcoming his alcohol problems 18 months earlier, he began drinking heavily again and disappeared from his home on July 7.

Mr McCann’s partner Jean Charnock said he had gone missing twice before during their relationship and would often have no contact. She added that Mr McCann had sent occasional texts to family members and his boss during his disappearance before calling to say he could not come home.

In a statement read to the court, Philomena Goring, manager of the Regent Hotel in Liverpool, said Mr McCann had checked in at the hotel on August 23, days before his death.

Pathologist Dr Shareef said the cause of death was hanging.

A toxicology report showed levels of alcohol in Mr McCann’s blood and urine, which were around the legal driving limit.

However, the court heard that alcohol was unlikely to have had an effect on Mr McCann’s death.

PC Michelle O’Mahony, of Cheshire Police, said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Recording her verdict, deputy coroner Dr Janet Napier said Mr McCann had taken his life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.