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The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
Thursday 12th September, 2013
FORMER police inspector Craig John Hill took his own life after being convicted of assault.
Mr Hill, 54, took an overdose in bed at home in The Street, Chirton.
He had taken a cocktail of alcohol and paracetamol, codeine and anti-depressants after returning home from his brother’s wedding on October 20 last year.
Two days earlier he had been convicted at Salisbury magistrates’ court of assaulting three people the day before the diamond jubilee in June, charges to which Mr Hill had pleaded not guilty. He was due to be sentenced a month later.
His mother Anita had got up in the early hours to make herself a cup of tea and when she went back to bed found her husband was not breathing.
Mr Hill said: “I found dad in mum’s bed. I saw a tray with blisterpacks on the floor by the bed. I knew straight away what he’d done and it wasn’t good.”
He had sent a text message at 2.15am and left a note written in pencil along with his will on the bedsheet. Assistant coroner Dr Claire Balysz did not consider any other verdicts at the inquest. She was told he had tried to commit suicide in autumn 2010.