An 84-year-old man from Frome took his own life just a week after attempting to commit suicide, a court has learned.
James Wykes, who lived at Clearview, Whatley, had been a long time sufferer of depression and had attempted to take his own life back in 1993.
His neighbour, Mary Scott, had known Mr Wykes for many years and visited him often, understanding that he was plagued by low moods.
On May 16th this year, Mary visited James and discovered a note at his door stating that he had committed suicide.
Sadly, a few days after returning home, James finally took his life and was pronounced dead a day later.
A post-mortem carried out on Mr Wykes’s body found no drugs or alcohol in his system and concluded that he had died of suffocation.
The sitting judge said “James took his own life in a way that deliberately avoided causing problems and shock for his neighbour who may have found him.”
He recorded the cause of death as suffocation, adding that Mr Wykes intentionally took his own life.