Soccer coach committed suicide after row with wife

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A POPULAR football coach suffering from depression took his own life following a row with his wife, an inquest has heard.

Jamie Boyd, a father-of-three who worked for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Community, had been concerned about his career following a knee injury and had worries about his relationship.

When he saw the doctor back in November the 37-year-old explained his worries and that his wife had left him and he was given anti-depressants.

However, his GP said he had denied any suicidal thoughts and when he last saw his patient on March 28, weeks before his death, his knee was improving and his wife was back with him.

Deputy coroner Christopher Wilkinson heard how on the evening of April 12 this year an argument broke out between Mr Boyd and his wife Michelle.

In a statement read out on her behalf she described him as a ‘practical joker’ and said he had been drinking more in the last 18 months and it was noticeable that it affected his mood. He had once spoken about driving his car into a fence post but assured her he would never do this as the couple have children.

On the day before his death her statement explained how they had an argument about drinking and he became quite threatening.

She left with their children but when she returned the next morning she couldn’t get into their home in Sumach Close and had to summoned the help of family and neighbours to gain access.

They found Mr Boyd, who was also involved in coaching at Eastbourne Borough Football Club, hanging from a rope over the stairs.

A statement from neighbour Darren Mandry said he had heard the couple arguing on the Thursday and then banging later that evening.

The inquest heard how Mr Boyd had gone to the pub and sent texts to his wife’s phone before taking his own life.

One said ‘goodbye’ which she did not receive until the morning he was found and another asked her to look after the children.

His brothers, who attended the inquest, said he had seemed fine when they had seen him the week before.

A post-mortem showed the cause of death was hanging and the inquest heard how the amount of alcohol in his blood was consistent with a reasonable level of intoxication.

Following his death his friend’s paid tribute and described him as a “wonderful man”

Mr Wilkinson recorded a verdict of suicide.

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