DJ set himself on fire, inquest told
By marc rath
A DISC jockey from Fish- ponds took his own life by setting himself on fire as he sat in the passenger seat of his car, an inquest heard.
Kelvin Davis, 39, poured petrol over himself and set his body alight as he sat in a car parked in Walter Street, Ashton, in November last year.
Avon Coroner's Court heard Davis, a divorced father, was in flames when he climbed out of his vehicle, ran to a nearby grassed area and fell to the ground. He suffered 90 per cent burns and was pronounced dead at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the early hours of November 9, the hearing was told.
The court heard Mr Davis sent a goodbye text message to his former partner and posted a farewell message on a social networking website moments before igniting the fuel.
Mr Davis, who lived in Everest Road, was identified by his fingerprints and died as a result of a lung injury caused by the inhalation of smoke and fumes.
The inquest in Flax Bourton heard that retired June Kent witnessed the fire at 2.30am and contacted the emergency services.
She said she heard a bang and looked out of her window to see Mr Davis emerge from the passenger side of his car in flames.
Mrs Kent said she then saw him on a grassy area near a block of flats.
She said another resident went to fetch a fire extinguisher before emergency services arrived and Mr Davis was hosed down by firefighters.
Fire investigation officer Dennis McCann said the blaze was most likely started by Mr Davis.
Detective Constable Tanya Coles, of Avon and Somerset police, said she learned that Mr Davis had been depressed before his death and had been prescribed anti-depressants.
She said he had been a relationship which had broken down, he had lost his day job and gotten into financial difficulties with his flat and car.
DC Coles said an imprint of an object, possibly a petrol can, was found in one of the footwells of the car. Acting coroner Maria Voisin recorded a verdict of suicide, stating that Mr Davis had clearly intended to take his life.