Tragic death of Flamstead father after redundancy

Hatfield Coroner's Court

Hatfield Coroner's Court


A 58-year-old man took his own life while suffering from depression after he was made redundant from his job, an inquest has heard.

The family of Michael Hart, of Old Watling Street, Flamstead, sat quietly as Herts coroner Edward Thomas recorded a verdict of “suicide while suffering with depression”.

Mr Thomas told the inquest that it was only when Michael, a human resources specialist, visited the doctor with an infection in his finger that the extent of his depression became known.

He said: “The doctor notes that Michael had found it very difficult. His notes talk about [Michael’s] lack of self-esteem. He found it very difficult to concentrate on anything. He did appear to be low in spirits.”

Michael was found hanged in his garage by his son, Chris, in May, Mr Thomas told the court.

He said: “I would just like to say that I am very impressed with how you handled it. It must have been terrible for you to see him there. You dealt with it so well. It is clear that everything you did was right. There was no way you could save him. I am glad you are here today.”

Mr Thomas explained that police had ruled out any third-party involvement in Michael’s death.

He said: “I am satisfied that he caused his own death. He knew the consequences and, in the depressed state in which he was in, felt that there was no way out. He was in a black hole and there was no ladder for him to get out.

“It is significant how supportive his family were - they did all they could to help but Michael was in in this black hole.”

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