A young man killed himself by jumping off the Severn Bridge an inquest in Gloucestershire heard.

His distraught mother told the corner’s court in Gloucestershire that she thought he might have been embarrassed after coming out – despite the family ‘fully accepting’ he was gay.

The body of the 23-year-old man, named as Darren Crotty, was found near the Sharpness Dock on the River Severn on the 29th April. He had been reported missing on the 5th March 2014.


Police had put out an appeal for Darren, who lived in Bishopston.

He has been reported missing by his flatmates after they found a suicide note under his pillow.
Ms. Crotty said, ‘He was a quiet, intelligent boy with a good sense of humour.

‘He told us he was gay and we had no issues with that but I think he was embarrassed and perhaps unsure of his sexuality.’


His housemate, Martin Leefield said, ‘I found the suicide note and he had written that he intended to jump off the Severn Bridge so I immediately contacted the police.’

A calendar at Darren’s house had been marked with the letter “S” on the 31st January.

The Mirror reports that the Senior coroner for Gloucestershire Katy Skerrett, said, ‘He left a detailed suicide note and apologised for the stress this would cause but he always planned to do this.

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‘The trigger for him taking his own life we will never know but it was probably related to his coming out as being gay.’

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