Dad who died at school had spoken of suicide

PUBLISHED: 13:59 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 22 July 2016

Walthamstow Coroner's Court

Walthamstow Coroner's Court


A father-of-three whose body was found in a tree at a Romford school had a history of depression, an inquest has heard.

Peter Daniel Usher, 39, of North Street, Romford, was discovered by a caretaker at Bower Park Academy on January 21. His family had reported him missing on January 8.

Mr Usher’s father, who died when he was five, had been a teacher at the school.

His mother Jill Ann Jackson described him as “the life and soul of any party” and a “very, very good dad”.

Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard that Peter, who worked as a graphic designer, had previously spoken about attempting suicide.

An inquest into his death heard on Tuesday that he had been detained under the Mental Health Act on December 28, after a suicide attempt at Bower Park Academy, in Havering Road, Romford.

Police were alerted to the attempt after reports of a break-in at the school.

Mr Usher had also sent a text to his brother that alerted family to a possible suicide attempt.

Police detained Mr Usher to prevent him from harming himself.

After being checked over by paramedics Mr Usher was taken to Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, shortly before 3am.

Psychiatrist Dr Federico Campos told the inquest he carried out a full assessment supported by two senior nurses. Mr Usher was discharged by 6am.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said all three witnesses agreed Mr Usher displayed no evidence of being an immediate threat to himself or others, and that he requested his family not be contacted.

Dr Campos also said doctors felt alcohol and drugs may have influenced Mr Usher’s actions.

Senior coroner Nadia Persaud adjourned the inquest requesting to hear from a senior doctor from Nelft. It will resume on August 3.

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