Leeds suicide over gambling loss

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A GAMBLER overdosed on painkillers after losing £120 at the bookies, an inquest heard.

Roland Darren Brown, better known as ‘Daz’, made a 999 call saying he wanted to say “sorry” to his wife of 27 years shortly before downing pills and alcohol on farmland near his Morley home.

His body was found three days later.

A Leeds inquest heard the father of three, of Dean Hall Close, had developed depression after giving up his job in the loft insulation trade to care for his two sons.

Coroner David Hinchliff said: “His own health deteriorated and he hadn’t worked since. He was described as an angry and tormented man.”

Mr Brown was on numerous types of medication for his depression, the inquest heard.

On the morning of November 21 last year he went with his wife, Melanie, into Morley town centre.

Mr Brown went to a bookmakers on Queen Street while Mrs Brown went shopping. After returning home, Mrs Brown called her husband at about 5pm to tell him that his tea was ready.

“He didn’t sound happy,” Mr Hinchliff said, reading from a statement given by Mrs Brown at the time.

After getting home, Mr Brown told her he had lost the money. He said to her: “Take me to hospital or throw me from a bridge.”

He left the house that evening without speaking to his wife and did not answer his phone when she called later that night.

Police were contacted shortly after 5pm the following day when he still had not returned home.

West Yorkshire Police officers and the force’s helicopter were involved in the search for Mr Brown during the next two days.

The inquest heard strips of codeine tablets and paracetamol were found on a track shortly before his body was discovered alongside empty cans of lager and cider and a bottle of whisky on November 24.

Mr Hinchliff recorded a verdict of suicide.