Man high on monkey dust took life while video calling ex-girlfriend

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John Bentley, a 27-year-old man was found dead in his flat after he attempted to take his own life while on a video call with his ex-girlfriend.

On March 25, the man has taken a "huge amount" of monkey dust before killing himself in the Smallthorne home he shared with his mum.

His ex-girlfriend immediately called emergency services after seeing John Bentley attempting to take his own life., as three ambulances reached the location soon after the 999 call.

But it was too late for John as he was pronounced dead at the scene.

StokeonTrentLive reports the post mortem examination revealed morphine and heroin in his system along with huge amounts of monkey dust.

It was later revealed that John had suffered with his mental health ever since the death of his dad when he was aged just 10.

In a statement, mum Debra Bentley said: "Three days earlier my daughter had come to visit. She found a picture of John and his dad and numerous suicide notes addressed to friends and family.

"I called 111 and they gave me the number for the crisis team. He wouldn't let this happen and said he was OK."

She went on: "I was not aware that he had any intention to take his own life. I would have stopped him and supported him."

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PC Georgina Brudzinska spoke to his ex-partner following the tragedy.

The officer said: "She had been in a relationship with him but they had separated one year earlier. She told him it was over.

"She received a video call from Mr Bentley at 6am and he stated he could not live without her. She said 'I can't live with you'.

"He phoned again and put his phone down. He went into the loft. She tried to call his mother but there was no answer so she called 999. She said he was drugged out of his face."

Emergency services discovered John hanged in a bedroom.

A police officer told the inquest: "We received a call from someone who said she had watched him do it. She said he climbed into the loft and hanged himself. She had been on a video call while it had been taking place. She called the ambulance. There was no third-party involvement."

North Staffordshire senior coroner Andrew Barkley has ruled that John committed suicide. The cause of death was hanging.

He said: "This was an intentional act committed by him."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

  • Drugs
  • Mental Health
  • Family

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