Coroner hears of victims’ previous suicide attempts

RELATIVES of two young Dublin men who committed suicide told the city’s Coroner’s Court yesterday how the tragedies hadaffected their families.

James Kearney, a 25-year-old father-of-one, hanged himself in his parents’ home on Moatview Avenue, Priorswood, after battling depression for years.

The inquest heard that James took ecstasy one night as a teenager, triggering a drug induced psychosis.

His heartbroken mother Jacqueline Kearney said she believed this was responsible for the subsequent bouts of depression, which James suffered from in recent years.

She told the hearing that James took cocaine and became withdrawn, depressed and isolated, locking himself in his bedroom and leaving work in the 18 months before his suicide.

The young man threatened to jump off a tower at Ballymun and self-harmed in a series of cries for help.

Less than five weeks before he killed himself, his mother saw marks around his neck and found a snapped cable in his bin.

In the days before he died, James seemed to be getting better, had returned to work and started interacting with his family.

On the morning on May 31, 2006, the devoted mother, who had remained by her son’s side, felt relaxed enough to leave him home alone for a few hours. When she returned home she found him hanging.

Mrs Kearney, and her husband James, slammed the mental health services foryoung people, claiming his son would still be alive if he had received proper help.

In a second heartbreaking case, 23-year-old William Robinson was found hanging in a graveyard hours after enjoying a pint with his sister and her friends.

A teenager found the young man’s body in Prospect Cemetery at 6pm on July 23, 2006.

William, of Donard Avenue, Navan Road, Cabra, had also suffered from depression and previously attempted to take his life.

But on the day he died he too was optimistic, meeting his sister Edel for a pint.

She told the inquest that, about four months previously, she stopped William killing himself when she found a rope tied to planks of wood.

“I talked to him about it and he said he would never try again,” she said.

Dublin City Deputy Coroner Maria Colbert recorded a verdict of suicide in both inquests.

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