Mystery of man’s suicide — (Walesonline)

SSRI Ed note: Man taking citalopram inexplicably hangs himself, his brother cannot explain why he would do this. Meds not suspected.

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Jul 31 2008

by Alex Moore, Rhondda Leader

THE facts behind a Trebanog man’s suicide may never be fully known, a coroner said this week.

Truck driver Neil Rowley, of Trebanog Road, hanged himself from a tree in Pontypridd.

At the inquest into the 29-year-old’s death, coroner Philip Walters said: “I don’t suppose we are ever going to get to the bottom as to why this happened.”

Police Constable Michael Cartright told the hearing, held at All Hallows Catholic Church, in Miskin, he was called to Gelliwion Woods, Maesycoed, at 11am on Sunday, February 10.

He found Mr Rowley, whose body was then taken to Llantrisant’s Royal Glamorgan Hospital that afternoon.

Dr Dan Moss performed a post-mortem examination the following day.

He told the inquest Mr Rowley had no physical injuries beside a ligature mark around his neck, and there was no signs a second person was involved in his death.

Blood and urine samples showed the antidepressant drug Citalopram in his system and traces of cocaine.

Dr Moss said the class-A drug was present at low levels, which suggested use over the weeks leading up to Mr Rowley’s death but not immediately before it.

Brother Dean Rowley, of Llwynypia, last saw Mr Rowley alive two weeks before his death, and had to identify his body at the mortuary.

He told the inquest he had “no idea” why his brother took his own life, adding he was in work right up until his death, and seemed to be behaving normally.

The coroner asked Dean Rowley about his younger brother’s relationship with Alison Rowlands, whom he had been seeing for a couple of years.

Mr Walters said: “I understand you had some misgivings about the relationship.”

Dean Rowley said: “Yes, but it was nothing to do with me. To my knowledge he never self-harmed or mentioned suicide.”

Recording a verdict of suicide, Mr Walters said: “I don’t suppose we are ever going to get to the bottom as to why this happened.

“I suspect that, as in most cases of young men doing this, there are facts that are not known.