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Drug-taking man from Connah's Quay desperate for job took his own life

Published date: 12 February 2014 |
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A 35-YEAR-OLD man who started taking drugs as a young teenager and was struggling to get a “fresh start in life” killed himself, an inquest heard.

Peter Whiles, a Deeside man who started taking drugs at the age of 13, became increasingly frustrated at being unable to find work and suspected his reputation went before him.

He visited his local job centre every day and enrolled for numerous courses to improve his chances.

But he felt he was not getting the support he needed to get his life back on track.

His depression deepened following the death of his mother to whom he had been very close and he took his own life, aged 35.

His father, also called Peter, told an inquest in Ruthin the youngster gave way to peer pressure while in school and after leaving school “was already on a dodgy road”, which led to him being jailed.

It was said he took cannabis and opiates while at school and in later life was trying to reduce his methadone prescriptions.

His drug-taking continued after leaving prison and from then on he struggled to find work and when he did have jobs he did not keep them for long.

Mr Whiles, who lived with his son in Gainford Avenue, Connah’s Quay, told the hearing: “I felt the Jobcentre could have told potential employers to give him a chance, but all too often he would turn up for work and somebody would recognise him and know he had been on drugs.”

Mr Whiles said his son tried hard to better himself and “CVs were going off left, right and centre”.

John Gittins, the Coroner for North Wales East and Central, read a statement by the deceased’s psychiatric social worker in which he said he remained optimistic of finding work despite the continual rejections, but struggled to come to terms with the death of his mother in April, 2013.

His father told the inquest that when he returned home from work early on July 10 he found his son hanging from the loft door.

It transpired that the previous evening he had texted friends to say that “he had had enough”.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, the coroner said: “It is a tragedy because it was such a fine line and it would not have taken a lot to have turned his life around.”

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