Exmouth father, 41, took his own life

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 August 2015

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.


A father from Exmouth, who committed suicide at his family-run garage, had a history of depression and battled with alcohol.

An inquest heard Wayne Chalmers, 41, was found dead by his brother at WSC Auto Services, Pound Lane, on August 26, 2014.

Exeter and Greater Devon assistant coroner Lydia Brown said Mr Chalmers died by hanging, concluding he took his own life.

Toxicology reports showed Mr Chalmers, who had recently separated from his wife and was living with his dad in Pound Lane, had been drinking on the day he died.

The reports also showed he had taken a ‘moderate amount’ of cocaine.

When his body was found in the morning by his brother, there were a number of handwritten notes to family.

The inquest heard how Mr Chalmers ‘drank regularly’ and had previously been prescribed medication to help curb his habit, which was described as a ‘stop-start’ cycle.

He had also been prescribed anti-depressants, which he also would take sporadically until his depression lifted or returned.

Mr Chalmers’ wife told the inquest her husband had previously self-harmed, cutting himself on his arms.

She said she had not been aware he was suicidal and had not thought his earlier attempts to self-harm had been attempts to take his own life.

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