Tickhill man took own life

A STUDENT committed suicide at his Tickhill home after becoming depressed because of his financial situation and failing university exams.

A STUDENT committed suicide at his Tickhill home after becoming depressed because of his financial situation and failing university exams.

Joel Davies, 21, of Rye Croft, was found hanging in the garage by his mother in September Doncaster Coroner's Court heard this week.

Mr Davies had been studying for a psychology degree at Liverpool University but was not able to enter his second year after failing a re-sit exam.

He had also become depressed with his financial situation while at university according to his girlfriend Gemma Loebell.

The inquest was told that although Mr Davies had a full student grant and received monthly payments of 100 from his parents he experienced financial difficulties.

Miss Loebell had earlier explained that Joel had built up debts with 500 on his credit card and had an overdraft of 1,500.

She said Mr Davies had spoken about his finances and would say how he foolishly spent money and was upset because his parents had helped him to prepare budgets.

But the court heard Mr Davies had cleared the debts before his death by working at a Doncaster children's home while completing the practical element of his degree.

However, while at university he had gradually become depressed, failed two exams and although he re-sat them he still failed one.

The court heard Mr Davies had been to visit his doctor, Richard Buckle, on two occasions in August and admitted to being depressed and once said he felt suicidal.

The pair discussed treatment and Mr Davies was prescribed anti depressants and counselling was arranged but he did not attend his appointment.

At the inquest Doncaster coroner Stanley Hooper read out part of a note left by Mr Davies which said: "My parents have given me everything and every opportunity a person could wish to be given."

Mr Hooper recorded a verdict that Mr Davies had killed himself describing it as the tragic death of a young man who had a promising future in front of him.

After the inquest, Joel's father, Malcolm expressed concern saying he thought his son's death might be a result of him taking two courses of anti malaria tablets followed by the anti depressants.

"In my mind it is something much more complicated than somebody having money worries or somebody that has failed exams," he said.

"Money was not a problem and he was extremely bright and should have sailed through his exams," he said.

He said the family were considering launching a campaign to make people aware of the dangers of this combination of drugs.