Inquest held into hanging in Ware — (Hertfordshire Mercury)

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Hertfordshire Mercury

By Court Reporter

Published: 17/08/2011

A WARE bus driver hanged himself after suffering depression following a road crash, an inquest heard.

Gary Saint, of Lower Bourne Gardens, was found by his wife Lesley on Thursday March 31, Hertfordshire coroner Edward Thomas heard on Tuesday.

The inquest heard that Mr Saint, 54, was involved in a road traffic accident while at work in 2006, which led to him being placed on anti-depressants by his GP, Dr Benning.

Dr Benning said he had placed Mr Saint on anti-depressants following the accident and saw him frequently.

He said: “He suffered from depression since the accident and it seemed to be what started it but the depression will run a course of its own outside of circumstantial reasons.”

Mr Saint was also in the middle of selling the family home and a final separation from his wife.

At the time of his death, Mr Saint had just been released from the QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City following a paracetamol overdose.

The night before his death, Mr Saint had gone out with his wife and had gone to bed early.

Steven Payton, a psychiatric consultation liaison nurse at the QEII, said Mr Saint regretted the overdose and was showing signs of motivation, including taking up ballroom dancing.

He referred Mr Saint to a psychiatric specialist to discuss his mental health.

Mr Thomas told the family: “He took his own life while depressed. He would not have done this if it had not been a reaction to circumstances.”

The cause of death was given as asphyxiation after suspension because of depression.

Mr Saint’s daughters, Terri and Kelly, told Mr Thomas their father was a well-respected man.