Man, 22, found hanged

The railway bridge at Bickershaw
The railway bridge at Bickershaw

A FACTORY worker took his own life at a Wigan nature reserve after becoming depressed.

Martynas Navarskas, 22, was found hanged from the old railway bridge at the nature reserve in Bickershaw on April 14 this year.

An inquest into his death at Bolton Coroner’s Court heard how he had become depressed with his job and life in Wigan.

Giving evidence at the hearing, Mr Navarskas’s mother, Irena Navarskiene, said that he often talked about how he thought nobody liked or loved him and that he was worse when he had been drinking. She said that since they moved to Wigan from Lithuania four years ago, Martynas had got steadily more depressed.

A year before his death he returned to Lithuania to try and get help for his depression but to no avail. The court heard how he sometimes spoke of harming himself and how he felt that nobody loved him. It was also said that he attended Bolton Hospital’s A&E department on February 26 this year, with psychiatric conditions, but left before he could be treated.

The court heard how Mr Navarskas, of Springfield Street, Wigan, had been working at Rivington Biscuits in Wigan for the past three years.

On the morning of April 13, he turned up for work at 6am to start his usual shift. His friend, Aurelijus Malasinkas, who was the last person to see him alive, said that Mr Navarskas told him he was going home as he had lost his bank card and was worried. He told the court he left the factory at about 6.30am.

Nobody knows where Mr Navarskas went, but he was found hanged at the old railway bridge, by dog walker, William Hilton at 8.30am on April 14.

The same day, Mrs Navarskiene attended Wigan Police Station to report her son missing having not heard from him for two days. She was then informed he had been found that morning.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that Mr Navarskas had died from hanging.

Recording a verdict that Mr Navarskas took his own life, deputy coroner Alan Walsh said: “I am very sorry to all his family and friends, but particularly to his mother Irena.

“You will never be able to understand why and at 22 it was such a loss of a young man’s life. You and your family did everything they could for him.”