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Man committed suicide over environmental worries
1:20pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A YOUNG Hampshire man drowned himself over his concerns about environmental disasters, an inquest heard.
The inquest at Portsmouth heard that the 22-year-old, who worked as a cashier at a local supermarket, left several notes expressing his concerns about “how wrong things were with the world”.
His father, Paul Ellett, said: “He had two sides to him. We could never understand him.
“All his life, he was a little bit different to everybody else. He had his set views.
“He was always getting bread and bits out of the bins at work and he would go to the forests and give it to the birds.”
The inquest heard that Mr Ellett had previously attempted to commit suicide in June 2011 and had been diagnosed as possibly having Asperger syndrome.
He had told doctors that “he wanted to die because he had no hope in the world because of pollution and waste and environmental disasters”.
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Coroner David Horsley recorded a verdict that Mr Ellett took his own life while suffering from a long-term psychiatric illness.
He told his family: “It was a shame he had been dogged by this for all his life. I feel so sorry for him and for you to see him going through that.”
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Ellett said: “It’s very sad.”