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Wednesday 25 Jul 2018 11:53 am
An aspiring male model stabbed himself to death in a fit of anger during a drunken argument with his girlfriend. Elliott Bowes, 26, knifed himself in the stomach as he rowed with 22-year old Charlotte Hubbert inside their apartment when she tried to leave him. During the incident, Mr Bowes who had been drinking vodka hugged Miss Hubbert and asked her not to go then grabbed the five inch blade and stabbed himself saying: ‘You care more about your friends than you do me.’
Elliott Bowes, 26, knifed himself in the stomach as he rowed with 22-year old Charlotte Hubbert inside their apartment when she tried to leave him. (Picture: Cavendish Press)He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire but he died from his wounds the following day. Police initially arrested Miss Hubbert on suspicion of murder but she was subsequently freed without charge when it was established she had done nothing wrong.
Mr Bowes had worked as a cleaner but hoped to be a model and actor and posted photos of himself on the online talent directory Star Now. An inquest heard the tragedy occurred on August 2 last year after the couple had been living together at a terraced house in Preston for 12 months. In a statement Miss Hubbert said: ‘We had a few drinks in the flat but he smashed a plastic wine glass and sustained some cuts to his hand. ‘We then went to get a pizza and returned to the flat but whilst we were eating their pizza, we heard a noise outside and saw an altercation. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire but he died from his wounds the following day. (Picture: Cavendish Press)
‘I told Elliott I would go outside to see what the commotion was about but as I walked back I saw Elliott kicking off in the street and he pushed a bin over. ‘I picked it up and went inside the flat with him but we continued arguing inside and he punched a wall.
‘I became scared and tried to leave but he hugged me and told me not to leave and then began looking for some knives. ‘I tried to stop him but he pushed me out of the way and he grabbed a knife about five inches long and thrust it into his stomach. ‘He said that I cared more about my friends than I did him. I attempted to stop the bleeding until the paramedics arrived and they took over. ‘He did have some mental health issues he told me about. He was very depressed, and he told me that he wanted to self harm in the past.
‘We were in a generally loving relationship. I was devastated about what happened and he was the best boyfriend I ever had. He was my rock.’ Neighbour Claire Connolly said in a statement: ‘A male came to knock on my door and he said that he was Elliott and he was looking for his partner, Charlotte. ‘I told him that she had gone to get some help over an incident outside but he became agitated and started walking back and forth in front of my door. When Charlotte returned, Elliott pushed a bin over in front of her.’
Toxicology tests showed Mr Bowes had 169 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 mililitres of blood in his system. The alcohol limit for driving is 80mg. (Picture: Cavendish Press) The Preston hearing was told Mr Bowes’ parents had died and his aunt was the closest family he had. He had a history of Elliott Bowes, 26 and made threats to self harm with his aunt concerned he had ‘been through a lot in his life’.
Toxicology tests showed Mr Bowes had 169 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 mililitres of blood in his system. The alcohol limit for driving is 80mg. Consultant General Surgeon at Royal Preston Hospital, Paul Turner said: ‘Elliot was an otherwise healthy young man but he had sustained significant blood loss from his abdomen and his heart rate was dropping. ‘Despite having six blood transfusions, he had lost too much blood to save him. I think it’s only because he was a young man, who was physically fit, that he survived for as long as he did.’
Recording a conclusion of death by self inflicted stab wound, coroner James Newman said: ‘Can I say that he stabbed himself with the intention of taking his own life? I am having difficulty with that. ‘Elliott died as a direct result of a stab wound to his abdomen. I don’t think it’s an accident, but I don’t think it is suicide either. ‘He struggled with mental health issues and used mental health services. Tragically, we have heard he stabbed himself in his home. ‘He lost a large amount of blood and his heart just gave out. The Preston hearing was told Mr Bowes’ parents had died and his aunt was the closest family he had. (Picture: Cavendish Press)‘I will conclude that Elliott Bowes died as a result of a stab wound to his abdomen. In terms of the circumstances, his anxiety and depression became very agitating to him on the night of August 2 2017. ‘His agitation got to the point where he spontaneously stabbed himself with a kitchen knife.
Despite the efforts of the paramedics and emergency surgeons at Royal Preston Hospital, Mr Bowes succumbed to his injuries on August 3. ‘Mr Bowes died as a result of self inflicted stab wounds to the abdomen, however his intention is unclear in the evidence. ‘I wish I could say that an inquest would wave a magic wand and make things better, but unfortunately it doesn’t.’