Blurton mechanic, 23, found hanged in bathroom
YOUNG dad Carl Wilkes hanged himself in his home just two days after writing off his car in an accident.
But the 23-year-old's family say they have no idea why he chose to end his life, when it appeared he had so much to live for.
At yesterday's inquest into Carl's death, his mum Jacqueline Chambers said her son did have money worries, but that it was 'nothing that couldn't be sorted'.
The court heard how Carl, a bus mechanic, had been living with his long-term partner Nicola Tipton in Ulverston Road, Blurton.
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Carl had helped Nicola raise her five-year-old son since he was a baby, and Mrs Chambers said he was effectively the boy's father.
On Friday Carl was involved in an accident on the A500, where he clipped the kerb and span into the central reservation. Nobody else was involved in the accident, and Carl was unhurt, but his car was badly damaged.
Mrs Chambers said: "He was mithering over how he'd get another car to get into work. He didn't know whether there'd be a prosecution from the police over what had happened. That was worrying him at the time. It just seemed unlucky as early in the year he'd had another accident, when someone ran into him."
Carl appeared to recover from the shock of the crash, and the following evening he went to a friend's party with Nicola.
On the Sunday morning Carl was at home with his son when he was visited by his mum, who offered to look after the boy while Carl did some housework.
At 3pm, Mrs Chambers tried to call Carl, but he was not answering his phone. She drove over to the house with Carl's son, believing he was out walking his dogs.
Mrs Chambers added: "The front door was unlocked and the dog was at the window, which was unusual. I thought Carl might have gone back to bed, so I went upstairs. I went into the bathroom and there he was."
Mrs Chamber, who could see Carl was already dead, called the police and made sure Carl's son did not see his dad.
PC Nichola Bagguley, who attended the scene, told the court there were no signs of third-party involvement in the death.
While she had not been involved in the earlier road traffic accident, she said she did not think it was a particularly serious matter.
She said: "At most it would have been a due care and attention issue. It was nothing to be too worried about."
North Staffordshire Coroner Ian Smith ruled that Carl had killed himself.
Mrs Chambers said none of Carl's family could understand why he had taken his life. She said: "He did worry about money, but they didn't owe thousands and thousands. It was nothing that couldn't be sorted."
Anyone concerned about similar issues can call the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline on 0808 800 2234
If you feel you may want to take your own life or are concerned about someone else who is, help is available. You can talk to the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or contact your GP.