Man with money worries took his own life

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

An inquest heard the 25-year-old, who was found hanging from a tree in December 2011, intended to kill himself.

A 25-year-old man from Barnstaple found hanging from a tree in Frankmarsh Woods had been suffering with money worries, an inquest heard today (Wednesday).

Mark Warren’s body was discovered on December 29, 2011 by a 16-year-old boy walking his two dogs in the field adjoining the woods at around 1.15pm.

The boy called his father who rushed to the field with two friends and called an ambulance.

Mr Warren, of Lethaby Road, Barnstaple, appeared to have been there for some time and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.


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Four suicide notes were discovered in his pocket and a post mortem concluded the cause of death was hanging.

The inquest heard the wool grader, who worked at Devon and Cornwall Wools in South Molton, had asked his boss for a company loan twice, and had been awarded a £1,000 loan in November 2011.

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Susan Warren, Mr Warren’s mother, said she had not been aware of any obvious problems her son was having but he had borrowed several sums of money from her.

She said her husband had previously confronted their son to ask if he was in trouble with loan sharks, to which he went ‘as white as a sheet’.

Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland concluded that Mr Warren had intended the outcome of his actions and returned a verdict of suicide.

She said: “Some time between 4.45pm on December 28, and 1pm on December 29, 2011, Mark Warren, who did have money worries, hanged himself.

“He left several notes indicating his intentions so I’m satisfied beyond reasonable doubt he intended the consequences of what he did.

“I hope as times goes by, you may be able to come to terms with your very sad loss.”

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