Tragedy as pensioner discovered dead in wheelie bin filled with water

A pensioner drowned himself in a wheelie bin filled with water, an inquest heard.

Michael Graham White’s dead body was found by a nurse in his kitchen, the hearing was told.

A coroner ruled the 73-year-old had taken his own life, the Daily Post reports.

District nurse Sophie Cassidy arrived at his home in Rhyl, North Wales to change his catheter on September 14 last year.

She was unable to get in so visited another patient but returned shortly afterwards, the inquest at Ruthin County Hall heard.

After there was still no reply a neighbour, Jane Evans, noticed it was "unusual" his blinds were closed.

She had a key so let the nurse inside where they discovered his body.

The inquest heard he had limited mobility and used a walking aid.

Paramedics and police were called but Mr White, who battled mental health issues, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem found he had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

Another community staff nurse had visited him twice just days before he died, but said he had been “happy and chatty” and had “no concerns” about his mental health.

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Despite having been under the care of the mental health services, the inquest was told there were no concerns at the time about any apparent intentions to harm himself.

It followed a phone consultation with a GP where he said he had thoughts about suicide, but the “likelihood of suffering and pain” put him off.

In February 2020, the inquest heard he was airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital after driving into the back of a stationary lorry in a lay-by on the A55.

It is not known whether Mr White, who suffered a fractured leg and was fitted with a permanent catheter as a result, had intentionally crashed into the lorry.

Coroner John Gittins recorded the cause of death as drowning as a result of suicide.

He said: "I am satisfied this was a deliberate act of self harm with the intention of bringing his life to an end”.

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