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Boatbuilder had once 'loved life and work'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 12, 2012

A BOATBUILDER once said to have "loved life" hanged himself over a 100ft cliff at Flushing.

Simon James Jenner, 43, never got over the death of his father five months earlier, an inquest heard.

A report by a psychiatric nurse suggested he might have suffered from a psychosis due to depression, overtiredness, alcohol and cannabis use and his mother's mental illness.

A dog-walker spotted his body about 20ft down the cliff face of a disused quarry.

Mr Jenner, of Roskrow Farm, Penryn, was seen on the wrong side of a clifftop fence holding a blue, nylon safety rope, next to where the cliff is crumbling.

On Monday, the hearing at Truro was told on April 5 his wife feared he was having a breakdown and took him to see GP Ian Brown at Penryn.

Dr Brown said Mr Jenner was having flashbacks of his mum's mental health problems, but was not suicidal.

He said: "He told me he had not slept for three days and was feeling depressed. I told him to reduce his alcohol intake and to stop his cannabis usage."

Mr Jenner was prescribed medication and a psychiatric nurse agreed he was not suicidal. He was due to see her again but was found dead on April 8.

Mr Jenner was married to Doris Jane Jenner, also a boat-builder, for seven years and the couple had been together for a total of 14 years.

She said: "He was very enthusiastic and someone who loved life and his work."

Mrs Jenner said he became tearful in the days before his death and "suddenly snapped" on April 5, leading to the GP appointment.

She said: "I was so shocked – it was the last thing I would have expected."

Coroner Emma Carlyon recorded that Mr Jenner killed himself while suffering from a mental illness.

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