Dad’s Parkhill hanging tragedy: inquest

Parkhill Business Centre hanging
Parkhill Business Centre hanging

A father-of-one found hanged in a wooded area next to Parkhill Business Centre had been suffering from depression, an inquest heard.

Thomas Irwin (27) was discovered on the secluded piece of land between the centre and St Joseph’s Parkhill School, Padiham Road, on Monday, October 23rd.

The court was told how “Tommy”, who worked as a fork lift truck driver for McBrides, had spoken with a nurse and doctor just three weeks before his death.

During these two visits he said he wanted to stop drinking to help improve his mood and had been seeking help from Inspire. The doctor wrote him a two-week sick note for depression.

His sister, Leanne, said Tommy was an excellent artist who loved his young daughter, Lacey, very much.

She had noticed a change in his mood two to three years ago when he started drinking more and recent problems in his relationship had led to him sleeping on the couch at a friend’s home in St Matthew Street.

A post-mortem examination conducted by Dr Walid Salman found alcohol and a small amount of amphetamine in his system.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, assistant coroner for East Lancashire Mark Williams, said: “Sadly he came to a position where he thought he could no longer carry on. He seemed to be doing all the right things and talking to the right people as well.”