Allerton man found dead in car suffered from depression

Inquest: John Fabianski

Inquest: John Fabianski

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A man with long-standing depression was found dead in a car with a black bag on his head, an inquest heard.

John Fabianski, 41, of Grange Drive, Allerton, Bradford, had suffered from depression for a number of years, the hearing in Bradford was told yesterday.

Bradford Assistant Coroner Dr Dominic Bell recorded a verdict that Mr Fabianski had committed suicide and noted his family had met care professionals after his death and had a ‘voice’ to prompt ‘remedial measures’.

The inquest heard Mr Fabianski was found dead on February 1, 2013, at High Ash Farm, Allerton Road, Bradford. He had died of asphyxia.

In a statement read out to the court, his mother, Maria, said her son had studied chemistry and had finished a languages degree at Hull University.

The inquest heard he had not been able to work for some years and continued to live with his mother. When his condition did not improve he went to see the doctor. He was prescribed medication, but often did not feel it was working for him.

Mr Fabianski was referred to Dr Khalid Iqbal, a psychiatrist with Bradford District Care Trust, in September, 2012. Dr Iqbal said Mr Fabianski suffered from generalised anxiety disorder with periods of depression. He introduced a light anti-depressant and referred Mr Fabianski to the therapy team, but he did not feel he was at risk of suicide or self-harm.

Following an appointment with his GP, concerns were raised with Dr Iqbal about the side effects of one of his medicines. His appointment was brought forward and Dr Iqbal noted Mr Fabianski’s symptoms of anxiety had increased. His dose was reduced.

A further risk assessment for self-harm was carried out and it continued to be low with no thoughts of him harming himself or anybody else.

The next contact he had was when Mr Fabianski called the duty team on January 15 and spoke to staff saying he was unwell and asking to be seen as soon as possible. An appointment was made and Dr Iqbal noted Mr Fabianski was struggling and had a low mood.

Mr Fabianski’s friend, Monica Devlin, who spoke at the inquest, questioned why the Care Programme Approach was not suggested. Dr Iqbal said while his case was discussed, his needs were not as complicated as those with physical health problems.

Recording his verdict, Dr Bell said: “I am satisfied that there were no shortfalls in health care.”

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