Beloved father killed himself after receiving letter about bankruptcy proceedings before HMRC cleared him of responsibility


An electrician who feared losing his family home in bankruptcy proceedings has been found dead by his daughter after taking her own life.

Edward Evans of Fleetwood, who was also working as an apprentice electrical tutor, had been told that a cavity wall insulation company was planning to ask for him to be declared bankrupt after claiming he had no paid the money he owed them. On the day he was found dead, February 8 this year, he had received a letter from HMRC – but it was only after his death that correspondence was sent to him confirming he was not responsible for the money due to cavity wall insulation. company.

An inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court on Monday May 30 heard that Edward, the father of Alex and Samantha, had been married to his wife Jacqueline although their relationship had been ‘strained’ in the few years before his death . Along with suffering from depression, Edward also had several health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and ongoing issues with his bowels.

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On January 28 this year, less than two weeks before he was found dead at his home on Wentworth Avenue, Edward, 63, was told during a routine appointment at the diabetes clinic that his failure to regularly check his blood sugar while driving could result in him losing his license. The law says you must check them within two hours of driving. On longer trips, you should check them every two hours.

Mr Evans had been told by Companies House last June that his limited company, Evans Training & Consultancy, would be delisted.

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His wife told the inquest: “He did everything for his family and his children. He had suffered from depression and had been drinking a lot which probably didn’t help. He always let things pile up and he didn’t talk about his feelings.

“I didn’t realize until I read the doctor’s report after he died that he had already had suicidal thoughts and had appointments he didn’t attend. We didn’t We weren’t in a great position in our relationship and it had been like that for a few years, but we found out that a company that did cavity wall insulation was going to file for bankruptcy.

“He had a lot on his mind. We would have lost the house.”

Referring a finding of suicide, Deputy Coroner Kate Bisset said: ‘It sounds like he was a lovely man who cared a lot about his family, but he was troubled by his issues. intent to commit suicide.”


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