Man died in hospital after attempting to take his own life, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 16:46 22 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:46 22 June 2020

The inquest was held at Norfolk coroner's court. Picture: David Bale

The inquest was held at Norfolk coroner's court. Picture: David Bale


A 36-year-old man from London who was staying in Norfolk during lockdown took his own a life, an inquest has heard.

Hugo Kemp, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn on March 25.

At an inquest into his death held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on June 22, Johanna Thompson, assistant coroner for Norfolk read evidence from Mr Kemp’s mother Rachel Kemp, a police officer and doctors who treated Mr Kemp in London and at the QEH.

The court heard how Mr Kemp had a history of mental health problems and had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, he also had a history of drug use.

On March 24, Ms Kemp found her son unresponsive in her shed and called the emergency services, who subsequently took him to hospital where he died the following day.

His medical cause of death was given as a hypoxic brain injury due to hanging.

Closing the inquest Ms Thompson gave a conclusion of suicide.

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