Coroner Records Verdict Of Suicide At Inquest Of St Mary’s Man

wesleyan chapel 2An elderly St Mary’s man took his own life after a long battle with depression and anxiety.

That was the verdict of Coroner Deborah Archer at the inquest on Friday into the death of Alfred Guy, aged 88.

He was found hanged in the garden of his home at Sandpiper, McFarland’s Down by neighbours on the 28th May.

The Coroner heard statements from friends and medical professionals describing how Mr Guy had twice tried to take his own life after losing his partner Peggy six years ago.

He was being treated for depression.

On the day he died, worried neighbours noticed that his curtains were drawn and his car was still in the drive. They knew he drove to Park House every day for his lunch, and concerned staff there also rang up to see where he was.

The Coroner said Alfred appeared to be very well supported by friends, neighbours and the islands’ medical community, but tragically the measures put in place to help him failed.

Mr Guy’s nephew and two sisters travelled to St Mary’s from West Yorkshire to attend the inquest, which was held at the Old Wesleyan Chapel.