Hanging tragedy — (The Hackney Gazette)

SSRI Ed note: Man prescribed antidepressants is paranoid, suffers serious thought disturbance, hangs himself, coroner records open verdict.

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The Hackney Gazette

Nov 23, 2006


A FATHER-of-four who had had an argument with his wife phoned her to beg her to forgive him for his sins before hanging himself.

Fevzi Karakus had been on anti-depressants for eight months and had slept with a knife under his pillow each night, an inquest heard last week.

He was found hanged two weeks before Christmas last year at his home in Kingsland Road, Haggerston, the Poplar coroner was told on Wednesday.

Mr Karakus had been arguing with his wife, Melek, at his brother-in-law’s home on the day of his death.

Mrs Karakus told the inquest though a Turkish interpreter: “His eyes were bright red. I asked my bother, Jamal, to take him to hospital, but he hit my brother and I was very scared.”

She believed he was carrying a knife at the time of the argument on December 12 last year. Her daughter had told her he had a knife in his pocket.

After hitting his brother-in-law, Mr Karakus went home to Kingsland Road and called his wife.

He told her: “I’m sorry. Please forgive me for my sins.”

His body was found in the flat later that night by police officers who had to break in.

Mrs Karakus added: “I went mad. I was in shock and didn’t know what to think.”

A message was found on her husband’s mobile phone saying he did not want any members of his family to come to his funeral. A picture of a rope was also found on the phone.

Coroner Dr Andrew Walker said Mr Karakus was “clearly very ill”, but he could not be certain of his intentions. It could have been a cry for help.

An open verdict was recorded.