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Mold suicide man had suffered mental health problems

Published date: 07 March 2014 |
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A DOG walker found a 53-year-old-man hanged behind a pub.

Peter Ashbrook, of St Johns Mews, Dreflan, Mold, died on October 22 after hanging himself on a path near Denbigh Road in the town behind The Drovers Arms pub.

At an inquest yesterday his daughter Heather Ashbrook, of Connah’s Quay, said her father had mental health problems stemming from more than 12 years of substance abuse.

“He was a very good father to me and my brother when we were children, but his drug use crept up over the years and his mental health got worse,” she said.

The inquest heardEllen Law, from Mold, was out walking her dog when she found Mr Ashbrook.

North East and Central Wales coroner John Gittins said: “Ellen was walking her dog when she saw a body hanging in the area in Mold behind the Drovers Arms about 7.30pm.

“She said it was dark and at first thought it was part of Halloween decoration as it was that time of year, but as she got closer to saw it was a human body and called a nearby walker to help her call the police.”

At the inquest held in Ruthin Miss Ashbrook, a paramedic, said her father had tried to commit suicide on three to four occasions close to the time of his death.

He had a history of cocaine abuse and had started drinking heavily, the inquest heard.

He left a note saying: “I love you forever, sorry, forgive me, sorry”.

Miss Ashbrook said: “I have nodoubt he knew what he wanted to do.

“He had been divorced four times and recently split with his partner which was the last straw, but it was down to his drug misuse.”

Mr Gittins recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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