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Mental health problems contributed to Wattisham tour veteran's death

By Newsdesk Sudbury

A coroner considering the death of a Suffolk-based soldier has described mental illness as “a scourge of our times”.

The body of Sergeant Antony Reynolds was found at his home in Pines Square at the Wattisham Airfield on July 1.

An inquest at Suffolk Coroner’s Court in Ipswich on Monday heard that Sgt Reynolds had suffered from mental health problems and had undergone a number of treatments during the previous four years.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Assistant Suffolk coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said: “Sadly, we do live in times where mental illness is part of our daily lives.”

Emphasising that the support given by the Army to Sgt Reynolds, a father of three, had been intensive and detailed, the coroner added: “Mental health is a scourge of our times.”

The inquest heard that, following concerns raised by Sgt Reynold’s estranged wife, Sarah, police officers broke into his home, where they found he had hanged himself.

Dr Sharpstone said that the 41-year-old had recently been discharged from a mental health assessment unit in Peterborough after seeking help for his problems.

The aircraft technician, who served three back-to-back tours of duty in Afghanistan, had reported having anger management issues and had been listed by the Army as not being fit to be deployed in the future.

Mental health assessments by both Army and civilian medical practitioners had identified a possible personality disorder.

Dr Sharpstone said that Sgt Reynolds had confided in a friend that “everything had got on top of him”.

“It is clear that Antony had a history of significant psychological and psychiatric illness, which was exacerbated by events both in the military and outside,” he added


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