A former gardener from Kirbymoorside who was “sick of being sick” took his own life just days before last Christmas.
An inquest into the death of 54-year-old Martin Peter Hutchinson heard he was discovered hanging behind the door to his home at Sturdy Court by his brother who was calling to drop off Christmas presents.
The hearing in Scarborough was told that on Saturday December 21, Timothy Hutchinson, a retired police inspector but now a maths teacher, had been trying to contact his brother by phone and text message but got no reply.
He decided he would call at the property with the presents and found Martin’s body after going in through the front door, which was, unusually, unlocked.
On December 19 Martin’s GP Tim Hughes called to see him after being contacted by a dietician who Martin had told he was having thoughts about self harming.
They discussed Martin’s medication for neck pain and activities he could do. Dr Hughes left for evening surgery and called in on Martin afterwards where he said he was no longer considering self harm and didn’t want to be in hospital.
Martin had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 2006 and a side effect of his condition was that food sometimes used to get into his lungs, causing infection.
He was also struggling to get off his painkillers and made an attempt on his life in January last year.
Timothy told the inquest: “He had been physically ill for many years. The most recent health problem came from when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2006.
“He was given strong painkillers which he became addicted to, had not looked after himself, had pneumonia and a weakened state of health.
“He had been having a normal life but over the past year he had been getting repeated lung infections.
“He was sick of being sick. He knew his lung condition was not getting any better and he said at the time, if there was a pill he could take then he would.”
The cause of death was given as hanging and there was also a “significant” degree of methadone toxicity in his system.