Bizarre texts before he killed himself

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A TATTOOIST sent his friend a series of bizarre text messages on the night he killed himself.

Patricia O’Connell became concerned after receiving them from 53-year-old Leslie Hoskins, who she had known for 16 years.

She went to his Cornwallis Gardens flat the next morning and found him lying on the sofa after he overdosed on anti-depressants.

An inquest into his death, which happened on November 6 last year, was held on Wednesday and it heard that Mr Hoskins had long-standing mental health problems.

Mrs O’Connell said: “After he went to Cumbria for 10 years he came back to Hastings and lived with my partner and I for over a year from July 2009.

“He was fine when he lived with us but after he moved out he became very anxious and had low moods. I saw him four days before he died and Leslie was very emotional.

“He told me he was frightened that he was going to go down the route he had been before when he locked himself away and did not communicate with anyone.

“Leslie was scared of being sectioned because that had happened in the 1970s.

“He was frightened of becoming reclusive.

“The night before I found him I got various text messages from him. From reading them I thought he had had enough, was fed up and did not want to talk to anyone.”

Wednesday’s inquest heard that Mr Hoskins had a history of multiple personality disorder and was taking dosulepin, an anti-depressant.

Dr Mark Boxer, Conquest pathologist, who carried out the post-mortem, said Mr Hoskins had taken 11 times the required dose the night before he was found dead.

His GP, Dr Pam Herbert, of Warrior Square Surgery, said in a statement: “Mr Hoskins told me in August that he was struggling with finances and home circumstances and finding life extremely stressful.”

Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed.