Chilling message from man found dead on Town Hall steps

A MAN was found hanged outside a town hall after arguing with his girlfriend, an inquest heard.

Richard Bradley, 22, of Thornhill Lees, was discovered by a passerby suspended by a ligature from railings near the steps of Ossett Town Hall on April 28.

A post mortem showed Mr Bradley died of asphyxiation caused by hanging, but assistant deputy coroner Mary Burke recorded an open verdict.

It followed evidence showing Mr Bradley had consumed enough alcohol to put him three times over the drinkdrive limit.

Mr Bradley had been out in Leeds the previous night with friends and his girlfriend, who left in a taxi after a row.

He stayed out until around 4.30am but exchanged text messages with her during that time, one of which said: “I may hang myself”.  

Miss Burke said: “This was in the context of an ongoing argument. It may be that he was trying to gain his girlfriend’s attention.”

Mr Bradley, who has a baby daughter by a previous girlfriend, was found at around 7.30am. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. 

Police found there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Miss Burke added: “I’m not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Richard intended to take his own life.

“I have to question how able was Richard to form a clear intention to end his own life. Did he appreciate what the consequences of his actions would be?

“And a public place suggests others may have been in the vicinity at the time the actions were being undertaken.”

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