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Rugeley dad's suicide leaves family shocked

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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A RUGELEY man who killed himself at his home has been described by family as a hard-working dad who would do anything for anyone.

Steven Hill, 55, was found at his Talbot Road home on September 9 last year by his wife Sarah. There was a knife protruding from his stomach and a hand-written note next to him.

At an inquest in Cannock on Tuesday Staffordshire South coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of suicide.

But the hearing was told there was no obvious reason why Mr Hill had wanted to kill himself and his family and friends had been left shocked by his death.

The inquest heard Mr Hill, who worked as a tyre fitter, had begun experiencing dizziness and sickness in July. He was prescribed medication but returned to his GP on several occasions as ahe continued to suffer balance problems and pressure in his ears.

His GP Dr Nicola Davies said she and other colleagues who saw him had no major concerns and told Mr Hill it was a middle ear infection which would eventually resolve itself but would take time.

Mr Hill, however, asked to be referred privately for a second opinion. He saw a consultant at Rowley Hospital who found nothing out of the ordinary.

He was unable to work in the meantime and was anxious about it. Dr Davies said he seemed “unable to accept reassurances about his condition”. She added that the number of consultations over the three months prior to his death reflected his anxiety.

Detective Constable Sean Corbett, from Cannock CID, said a full investigation revealed no suspicious circumstances.

The cause of death was given as a haemorrhage caused by a stab wound to the abdomen.

Speaking afterwards Mr Smith’s sister-in-law Val Hewitt said: “Steven was a great man. He had always worked hard and was a real family man. His daughters Samantha and Alison are 23 and 21.

“His death has been a massive shock for everyone.”

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