Acrefair woman's concern over care support after son tragedy

Published date: 14 February 2014 |
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A WREXHAM man with a long history of mental health problems walked into the path of a train, an inquest heard.

Linda Clarke told the hearing in Ruthin she had made a formal complaint about the way her son, Aaron Hughes, had been treated by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s community mental health team.

Mrs Clarke, of Whalley Way, Acrefair, said the 37-year-old was diagnosed eight years ago and for three years lived with three others at Coed Celyn, a unit in Wrexham, where he was happy.

His condition deteriorated, however, when his friends were moved out and one of the new residents was a man he had not got on with previously.

A week before his death in July, 2013, Mr Hughes, who had been badly affected by his brother’s suicide 18 years before, was found a new flat in Wilson Avenue, Wrexham.

Mrs Clarke told the inquest  yesterday she last saw her son a few days before his death and although he seemed to be content moving into the flat he had mentioned he wanted to kill himself.

The inquest heard the driver of a Wrexham-Cardiff train spotted what he thought was a trespasser on the line near Plas Madoc on July 8.

The man then straddled the line and despite the driver using emergency brakes, he could not stop in time. Mr Hughes suffered multiple injuries.

John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, said he was aware that the family had concerns about the support Mr Hughes had received over a period leading to his death but stressed he could not comment on such matters.

He recorded a narrative verdict and stated Mr Hughes had “placed himself into collision with a train while the balance of his mind was disturbed”.

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