Hanging death still shrouded in mystery

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Mystery surrounds the death of a Padiham man who killed himself at home.

Grounds maintenance worker Andrew Giles (42) was found by his wife Donna sat on the floor of their bedroom in Wasdale Close with a belt around his neck on August 23rd this year.

His wife of four years Donna told an inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court that he had become worried and obsessed by bailiffs’ letters demanding payments of £500.

She said: “Andrew was very upset by the letters. He talked about them all the time. I’d never known him suffer from anxiety or depression.”

On the evening of his death, Mr Giles had been drinking on his allotment with friends, as he would every Friday.

He had taken some lager and whiskey with him at 6-30pm and returned at 9-45pm, when he had a disagreement with his wife who then visited her aunt’s. She returned later and found him and a note in their bedroom. His father Keith Giles disputed Mrs Giles’ version of events and that his son feared they were about to split up.

A post-mortem examination, carried out by pathologist Dr Walid Salman, gave the cause of death of hanging but also found a high level of alcohol and a therapeutic dose of the beta blocker propranolol in his system.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor concluded that Mr Giles had taken his own life.

He said: “We’ll never know what worries he had. A family that has been significantly distressed by a death will always ask why and what caused it. I cannot discover why, only how.”