Open verdict at inquest

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A WIGAN man who suffered from mental illness and heard voices in his head hanged himself using his brother’s belt.

At a Bolton inquest, assistant deputy coroner Alison Mutch recorded an open verdict into the death of Liam Brade, 20, of Westwood Lane, Lower Ince as it could not be determined that he had intended to take his own life.

Ms Mutch heard that Mr Brade was found by his mother, Samantha Johnson, on the morning of June 9. Mrs Johnson had spoken to her son the previous day and reported that his behaviour had been upbeat while a statement from Mr Brade’s younger brother Ryan confirmed that he asked to borrow his belt.

Mr Brade had suffered from mental illness and was taking prescription anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication.

He had made several suicide attempts in the years leading up to his death, including an attempt to hang himself from a curtain rail in his mother’s living room.

Mrs Johnson explained that her son would regret his behaviour and would immediately apologise.

She said: “Liam used to apologise and say he was sorry for causing us upset. I think he was embarrassed. But for the last six months he seemed to be really happy.”

Senior Nurse practitioner Susan McHugh, who was Mr Brade’s mental health coordinator, told the hearing that he had heard voices telling him to harm himself when he felt “helpless” and “hopeless”.

She said: “It was difficult because Liam would often say he was okay. But he would get frightened of his thoughts and would hear whispering at night.”

Mr Brade was last seen by friend Sean Ashurst at around midnight in his house the night before his death. A statement from Mr Ashurst, who had been friends with Mr Brade since attending Rose Bridge High School together, explained he called in after drinking in a nearby pub.

They had arranged to meet the next day after Mr Brade finished work.