Man sent friend text then killed himself

A depressed man killed himself after sending texts to a friend.

Anthony Dempster was found hanging at his home in Downhill, Sunderland, on December 4 last year.

A coroner's inquest in Sunderland heard he had attempted to take his own life before, spent time in Cherry Knowles hospital and was prescribed anti-depressants.

Police broke into his home in Knaresborough Square when a friend became worried after receiving a text saying he felt suicidal on November 28.

They found him dead and a pathologist's report later confirmed he may have died 24 hours earlier.

Pathologist Dr Jennifer Hamilton told the inquest at the civic centre that Mr Dempster would have lost consciousness and died quickly.

She said there were no traces of his medication in his system and he was twice the legal drink drive limit.

Coroner Derek Winter ruled that Mr Dempster had killed himself, saying: "It was clearly an act of intentional self-harm, but it is impossible to say he intended to bring his life to an end."

Verdict: intentional self-harm.