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Trowbridge decorator takes his own life

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

A painter and decorator was found dead at his home in Charlotte Court in Trowbridge after he had failed to respond to messages from his family last August, Wiltshire Times reported.

An inquest into Peter Kevin Chivers, 55, known as Pedro’s, death at Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner's Court on Wednesday, May 8, heard that police kicked down the door to gain entry to the property.

The court heard that he had suffered from mental health issues since leaving the Army. His sister said that when her brother left the Army, he had changed and was different.

The inquest was told that Peter had been treated for a back injury in 2022 and 2023.

The court also heard that last year, he was seen at the Royal United Hospital in Bath but had refused a mental health referral.

Concluding the inquest, the coroner ruled the death was a suicide and said it was evident he had intended to take his own life.

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