Crawley man found dead in his bedroom

Park House, Horsham Park SUS-140407-163329001
Park House, Horsham Park SUS-140407-163329001

A 21-year-old man who was injured in a traffic accident took his own life in his bedroom.

An inquest into the death of James Foxley-Sander, 21, of Snow Hill, Crawley Down, took place at Park House in Horsham today (September 9).

Mr Foxley-Sander, who was unemployed, was found hanged in his bedroom on May 29. James’ father, Russell Foxley, described his son as ‘very down, spaced out and tired’ in the days before his death.

A statement read by coroner’s officer John Halloran said: “James and his father went to the pub. James was cooking dinner when his father reminded him he had a hospital appointment the next day.”

The following day, James went out to meet friends and phoned his father to pick him up, before heading upstairs.

He took a bottle of wine with him. After knocking on his door, the family thought he had gone to sleep but James was discovered dead the next day.

A post mortem at East Surrey Hospital confirmed James died as a result of hanging. It also found he had alcohol and cocaine in his system. He left a note to his family.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Dr Karen Henderson, assistant coroner for West Sussex said: “James wished to take his own life. I’m satisfied that on the evidence I have heard today, that beyond reasonable doubt, in as much as James undertook an act with the knowledge that it would cause his death.”

Dr Henderson acknowledged James had been having problems following a road traffic accident on the M23 the previous year.

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