Salesman took his own life at Exmouth holiday park

PUBLISHED: 14:03 07 September 2016

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.


A 36-year-old salesman travelled 200 miles to Exmouth to kill himself, an inquest has heard.

Paul Griffiths disappeared from his family home in Ashby-de-la Zouch in Leicestershire to a holiday park in Exmouth last April – just three months after being told he was going to be a father.

An inquest at County Hall in Exeter heard the car parts salesman was found dead in a caravan at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park at Sandy Bay by a cleaner.

He had taken an overdose of a prescription drug – and had left a letter apologising to his family and telling them he loved them.

The inquest heard he had problems at his workplace and quit his job – but the issues still troubled him.

He contacted his partner who said he was ‘upset and apologetic, but would not say where he was’ and she did not hear from him again until police informed her he had died.

Assistant Devon coroner Luisa Nicholson recorded a conclusion of suicide.

She said Mr Griffiths took a fatal overdose, saying he had ‘ongoing problems with his previous job which troubled him greatly’.

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