A 25-YEAR-OLD man who used to “hear voices” was showing signs of getting better before taking his own life, an inquest heard.
Philip Bartley-Jones, a former student of Yale College in Wrexham, left his family home at about 1am on June 18 and was found hanging from a tree in a car park a few hours later.
The inquest in Ruthin heard Mr Bartley-Jones had been suffering from mental problems off and on for the last two years, experiencing hallucinations which included “trees looking like women and women look like trees”.
A medical report compiled between January and April revealed that in the previous 12 months, as well as experiencing visual hallucinations, he had claimed to hear voices “giving him commands”.
Mr Bartley-Jones, who was working as a tyre fitter, had been receiving treatment and was said to be “doing well” in the months and days leading to his death.
He was planning to return to college and to save money to rent his own place.
His dad, Gwydion, of Clwyd Street, Ruthin, said the night before his death his son had a “great night” with his brother, Gareth and sister, Faye.
His said doctors had “signed him off” and that “they were real ly pleased where they were going with him”.
He added: “You could definitely see an improvement.”
Medical reports also said Mr Bartley-Jones had denied he still experienced hallucinations and it was recorded that he was showing signs of improvement.
The inquest heard Mr Bartley-Jones often went for a walk in the early hours to either “keep fit” or “clear his head” and it was not out of character.
North East Wales coroner John Gittins, described the death as “momentary aberration” – adding: “It was nothing more, nothing less.”
Mr Gittins said Mr Bartley-Jones had been drinking leading up to his death, but added he was not “significantly intoxicated”.
He added: “It doesn’t seem premeditated. There was no note and he had not spoken with anyone about what he was planning to do.”
Mr Gittins said it was “not efficient” to record the death as suicide, as he had to be clear Mr Bartley-Jones intended to harm himself as well as intend to take his own life.
He therefore recorded an open conclusion.
Mr Gittins said to Mr Bartley-Jones’ father: “I offer my sincere condolences to you and your family.
“I hope you will be able to cope over time.”