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Open verdict on Nelson man who stabbed himself
A MAN who suffered from a mental health illness died after cutting his wrists and stabbing himself in the chest, an inquest heard.
Paul Routh suffered from bipolar disorder, but in the years before his death had been on an ‘even keel’, his wife Rachel told the inquest.
Mr Routh, 46, had inflicted his wounds at home in Halifax Road, Nelson, on July 2 this year.
Mrs Routh said that he had done so knowing she was due to return home minutes later, and she said that she did not believe he had tried to kill himself.
When she did arrive home Mr Routh managed to open the back door to his wife, despite bleeding heavily from his cuts, but he died around 20 minutes later.
Mrs Routh said: “He knew I was coming back at a certain time. He also left no note, when he had previously left two notes in two other incidents. He had been well and on an even keel for a long time.”
Burnley Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Routh had previously attempted to commit suicide in isolated places.
The court was heard Mr Routh had been looking forward to their wedding anniversary and the birthday of one of their children.
“I can’t explain it. It was like a bolt from the blue,” said Mrs Routh. “There was no pivotal stress or cause like there had been before.”
Pathologist Dr Walid Salman carried out a post-mortem examination on Mr Routh. He said that he had suffered eight wounds to his chest, including one which perforated his lung, and the two deep cuts to his wrists had severed arteries.
Coroner Richard Taylor said he could not be sure that Mr Routh had meant to kill himself, and recorded an open verdict.