Soham Man Who Was Depressed After Losing His Job Shot Himself At Home
18:21 – 04 August 2009
DISTRAUGHT and depressed after losing his job, JCB driver John Hobbs shot himself in the garden of his Soham home.
Just one day after being made redundant, 63-year-old Mr Hobbs went into a deep depression.
"From that day, the John I knew and loved was gone, and we began to argue," his loving wife Gwendoline told an inquest at Ely Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
"He was anxious and desperate to find a new job," she said in a statement to the coroner. "He started to worry about bills and money, because he only received Job Seeker's allowance."
Mr Hobbs was so desperate to get a new job, that he even approached members of the public in the doctor's surgery car park, asking for a job, said Mrs Hobbs.
He lost nearly two stone in weight over a 10-week period. "He looked gaunt; he was a shell of himself.
"His behaviour became worse, and he said he wished he was dead."
Mr Hobbs, who had been diabetic for 10 years, died on May 17 from a traumatic head injury, five days after being prescribed anti-depressants.
Mr and Mrs Hobbs had been married for 43 years, and lived together in Cornmills Road at Soham.
"Sometime in the afternoon I heard a very loud bang from the rear garden, it sounded like a shotgun, I was very worried," said Mrs Hobbs in her statement.
He started work for Bradford Properties in 1967; he was very proud of his job, and always eager to get work.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, Mr Hobbs struggled with his weight, and found taking his medication a chore.
He was looking forward to retirement, but in December last year was given 12 weeks' notice, and even offered to work for half pay.
Coroner William Morris recorded verdict of suicide.