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Father, 22, took his own life after relationship broke down

By Carl Jackson | Brierley Hill | News | Published:

A YOUNG father killed himself after the breakdown of his relationship, an inquest heard.

Black Country Coroners Court in Oldbury

Oliver Wilkes had sent pictures of himself which caused his girlfriend Chloe Portsmouth concern, prompting her to call police, a hearing at Black Country Coroners Court was told.

Officers subsequently gained entry to the pair's home at Bottle Kiln Lane, Brierley Hill, on April 14 where they found the 22-year-old hanging.

He was taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

His mother Lynn Wilkes paid an emotional tribute to the dedicated carpenter for A&D Joinery saying: “Oli was very much loved by many, many friends and family.

“He was very, very hard working. He lived for his work. He never had a day off. We were so proud of him.”

But she told the hearing in Oldbury that the family was not informed about his death until several hours later by a neighbour and claimed they may have been able to intervene.

She said: “Olly's death could have been prevented if we’d have known what had been going on throughout the day. We didn’t know anything until 11.50pm when a neighbour told us.”

Miss Portsmouth had told the inquest their relationship had deteriorated since August last year and said within a few months they were contemplating splitting up.

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She said: “We were on about splitting up just after Christmas. Me an Olly looked at the practical side of things.

“We had bought the house and only had it a year. Me and him thought we would look like idiots if we split up after a year.”

Coroner Zafar Siddique delivered a verdict of ‘suicide’ adding: “It is absolutely tragic for anyone to take their own life but what makes this even more upsetting is that he was such a young man, he had his whole life ahead of him and had a young child.”

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
Reporter - @cjackson_star

Senior reporter for Staffordshire and Walsall.

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