Inquest held for city man found dead in garden

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AN INQUEST into the death of a Peterborough father who was found hanging from a tree in a communal garden has recorded an open verdict.

The body of Adam Fixter (41), of Heather Avenue, was found hanging in the back garden he shared with three neighbouring flats on the morning of February 7 of this year.

Peterborough coroner Gordon Ryall yesterday recorded an open verdict in light of the level of alcohol in Mr Fixter’s blood and his history of depression.

Consultant histopathologist of Peterborough City Hospital Dr Dalibor Stratil told the inquest at Peterborough Town Hall, that Mr Fixter had 140 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood - the legal drink-drive limit is 80mg.

He described it as a “significant level” which would “influence decision-making”, especially in a person with a history of depression.

The inquest heard a statement from Mr Fixter’s GP that he had been treated for depression and had attempted to take his own life before.

Sharron Fixter told the inquest the couple had separated in November following a period of on-off reconciliation, but had stayed in contact with each other.

She said Mr Fixter, who had a 22-year-old son from an earlier relationship, had told her on the phone on the night before his body was found he was going to hang himself, but the pair talked and she said she would contact him again the following day.

Mr Ryall said the cause of Mr Fixter’s death was that he hanged himself.

He added the level of alcohol meant Mr Fixter would not have been capable of making a proper decision to take his own life.