Hanging victim 'anxious'
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010
A 22-year-old Exmouth man who hanged himself had problems with anxiety and sometimes anger management and depression. Jack Skinner, of Maple Drive, Brixington, was found hanging from a beam in his father's Victoria Way engineering workshop the morning aft
A 22-year-old Exmouth man who hanged himself had problems with anxiety and sometimes anger management and depression.Jack Skinner, of Maple Drive, Brixington, was found hanging from a beam in his father's Victoria Way engineering workshop the morning after he had kicked the door at his girlfriend's home, an inquest heard.In recording his verdict, deputy coroner Darren Salter said Jack took his own life."It's obviously very tragic for someone of this age to die this way," he said.His father, Martyn Skinner, said that Jack, a tiler, had been suffering on and off with fits of depression since leaving school.Jack was found dead on the morning of March 29, 2008, by Mr Skinner's partner, Maureen.On a worktop near his body was a hand-written note, his wallet, driving licence, keys and some cans of Fosters larger.Tests on Jack's body revealed there was no alcohol in his body at the time of his death.The inquest heard how Jack started a relationship with his girlfriend in June 2007.Jack's mother, Sandra Skinner, said her son always needed to be in control, and that was the start of his problems.He had good and bad days and had been prescribed tranquilisers by the mental health team, which he took sporadically. The night before his body was found, Jack's mother had received a text from his girlfriend, saying Jack had kicked her front door and then run off when the police were called.Shortly after, Mrs Skinner received a phone call from Jack, asking if the police were there.That was the last time she spoke to or heard from her son.At 11pm that night, the police called for Jack at Mrs Skinner's home. When she tried her son's mobile phone, it was switched off.l Jack had been friends with Kyle Conway, a 17-year-old chef from Lympstone, who died in January 2005 when his car hit a wall in Courtlands Lane, near his home.