Golf course tragedy – inquest — (West Sussex County Times)

SSRI Ed note: Man tells GP he is feeling suicidal, gets prescription for antidepressants, drowns himself.

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West Sussex County Times

Published: 09:16 Tuesday 30 October 2007

A RETIRED accountant who was found dead at Rookwood Golf Course in Warnham took his own life, an inquest found.

David Richardson, aged 66, of Merryfield Drive, was discovered face down in a lake at the golf course on Sunday September 9.

Paramedics were called to the scene in Robin Hood Lane at about 5.15pm, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

A note, wrapped in a plastic bag, was found in his pocket.

Mr Richardson was last seen going cycling by his nephew, Ben, and had said that he would be back shortly.

Described as a fit, active sportsman who enjoyed cycling and badminton, he was also known to have a history of depression.

Shortly before his death he reported suicidal thoughts to his doctor and was prescribed anti-depressants.

The cause of death was thought to be drowning, but due to the resuscitation attempts this could not be confirmed.

West Sussex deputy coroner Dr David Skipp recorded a verdict of suicide at the inquest, held at Horsham courts on Thursday October 25.

Dr Skipp said: “It’s sufficient to say that the note indicates that Mr Richardson was considering taking his life.

“I would like to express my condolences to the family.”