Suicide ruling after man found hanged

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 October 2015

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.


An Exmouth father-of-two hanged himself at home following an argument with his girlfriend, an inquest has heard.

David Farmer, who was 31, was a manual labourer, who at the time of his death was living with his mother in Byron Way.

The inquest, at County Hall, Exeter, heard that on the evening of March 20 this year, Mr Farmer, who had two children from previous relationships, had argued with his girlfriend, who then went out for a walk.

When she returned, she discovered Mr Farmer hanging.

Emergency services were called at 12.23am, and when paramedics arrived, Mr Farmer was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination found there was only a very low level of alcohol in Mr Farmer’s system – 56mg per 100 ml of blood, well below the drink-driving limit of 80mg.

Concluding the inquest, Lydia Brown, assistant coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, said: “I believe David did intend to take his own life that night.

“Therefore, it is right that I reach a conclusion of suicide.”

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