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Middle-aged Derbyshire man takes own life after drinking row with girlfriend

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An inquest into the death of a 40-year-old man in the Peak District has been told he had been to spend Christmas Day with his family prior to taking his own life in the early hours of Boxing Day morning. Chesterfield Coroner’s Court also heard that the man had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend about the level of her drinking earlier that evening.

Adam Grice, from Park Avenue, in Ashbourne, had spent the day with his family to celebrate Christmas, however, a statement read out at the hearing from his girlfriend Lucy Connell, stated that earlier in the morning he said he “didn’t want to do Christmas with his family or anyone else”. Miss Connell stated that Mr Grice had just been “sat at the bottom of the bed in his socks saying he didn’t want to go out.”

When Mr Grice and Miss Connell returned to their home on Park Avenue, Miss Connell went into the kitchen to get another drink, at which point Mr Grice, according to a report by Police Constable Jack Coope, from Derbyshire police, had asked Miss Connell to stop drinking. The pair had an argument resulting in Mr Grice collecting all the alcohol bottles in the house and pouring them down the sink, he then left to go for a walk.

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Upon returning to the house at 11.45pm on Christmas Day night, Mr Grice went straight upstairs and didn’t speak to Miss Connell, she told the hearing that she expected him to return downstairs a few moments later to apologise but he never did. When Miss Connell went upstairs to look for him at around 1.37am on Boxing Day morning, she found him in the front bedroom having taken his own life.

Miss Connell’s statement added that she’d been told by Mr Grice’s work colleagues that he had told them he planned to “check out” over Christmas and was going to “Light up Ashbourne with blue lights”.

In concluding the inquest, Assistant Coroner Miss Susan Evans stated that Mr Grice had a history of depression and suicidal thoughts and had been taking amphetamines in the hours prior to his death. Miss Evans stated that she believed Mr Grice had intended to take his own life that day and ruled that his death was a result of suicide due to ligature suspension.

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