Inquest hears that man 'intentionally killed himself' in car at Grizedale Forest (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Inquest hears that man 'intentionally killed himself' in car at Grizedale Forest
2:30pm Monday 24th March 2014 in News
A MAN whose house was repossessed when his marriage collapsed was found dead in his car at Grizedale Forest, an inquest heard.
Damian Bramhall, who lived in Glossop, Derbyshire, was found by police in Moor Top car park on November 16 last year.
The inquest at Kendal County Hall was told that a post mortem revealed the 39-year-old had 85 per cent carbon monoxide levels in his blood.
His father John Bramhall told the inquest that his son’s marriage had collapsed - leading to personal problems in his life.
“There was a problem with seeing his children but he formed a new relationship which was going OK as far as we were aware,” he said.
“When his marriage split up the house was repossessed and he was left with the debts.
“At the time we did not know of the problem but afterwards it came to light there was also a problem with his business.”
PC Katie Wright said she was on duty on the morning of the incident looking for a car involved in a missing person search.
She said a woman from the Forestry Commission called police after seeing a car parked off the beaten track in a Grizedale Forest car park.
“The car was locked and we had to break the window to gain entry. It was quickly apparent he had been there a while and there was nothing we could do to help.
“It was in a place where someone would go if they did not want to be seen.”
She added that a colleague had found a notepad with some letters to family members.
“I read one and it was obvious that they were goodbye letters,” she said.
Recording a verdict that Mr Bramhall intentionally killed himself, coroner for South and East Cumbria Ian Smith said: “He knew what he was doing, attempted to do it and followed through with it.
“People do things that are incredibly distressing to their family and the problem is that people do not seem to think through what the affect of their actions will be.”