Counselling failed to aid ‘wonderful’ husband and dad

A 45-YEAR-OLD family man who suffered anxiety and depression after being forced to resign from his job was found dead at the bottom of Beachy Head.

Ian Diment travelled from his home at Brookhampton Close in Stadhampton, Oxford, to take his life at the notorious suicide spot on September 9, 2010.

An inquest into Mr Diment’s death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon (April 7).

Deputy coroner Joanna Pratt was told that Mr Diment had suffered difficulties in his job in the February of that year and had resigned as a result. He subsequently suffered from depression and low self-esteem and was seen by mental health professionals.

His psychologist Carolyn Cowey, from Oxford, said she felt Mr Diment’s mood had improved but his wife of 16 years, Jenny Diment, disagreed.

In a statement read at the inquest, Mrs Diment said, “The counselling didn’t make any difference and things didn’t improve over the summer.”

Mrs Diment also paid tribute to her husband, describing him as a ‘kind and gentle man who was liked by everyone’. She also said he was a ‘wonderful’ husband and father.

Mr Diment’s body was found after coastguards were alerted to an abandoned vehicle near the cliff edge. The coroner’s officer identified the body by matching the clothing and wedding band to that in the missing persons report.

Miss Pratt recorded a verdict of suicide.