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Pub landlord Billy Kelly hanged himself at home in Norman Road, Snodland, days after being released from Maidstone Hospital

By Ed McConnell

A pub landlord hanged himself from pipes in his newly built conservatory days after being released from hospital following an attempted overdose, an inquest heard.

Billy Kelly, of Snodland, had spiralled into depression in the months before his death in November.

The 58-year-old divorcee, originally from London, became concerned about his finances and employment and struggled to adapt to life in the town having only moved there the month before his death.

Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone
Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone

Assistant coroner Kate Thomas heard that Mr Kelly had attempted suicide twice before he was found dead at his Norman Road home by his son who was visiting from Australia.

The week before the incident Mr Kelly, who had tried to hang himself at the beginning of October, spent time in Maidstone Hospital after taking a large quantity of prescription medication.

The Archbishop’s Palace hearing was told on Tuesday how he was released from hospital soon after the incident as he was not deemed to be at immediate risk.

Four days before he took his own life the seven day response team — who seek to meet everyone with psychological issues a week after they are discharged — visited Mr Kelly's home for twenty minutes.

He was assessed as unlikely to harm himself.

His friend of 30 years, Graham Hodge, told the inquest Mr Kelly was a “private and independent man” who had developed a number of irrational concerns.

Police officers who attended the scene found notes detailing his concerns.

Miss Thomas ruled that Mr Kelly had intended to take his own life and recorded a verdict of suicide.

If you would like confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 at any time.

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