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Acocks Green man killed himself after being questioned over alleged sexual assault

A CORONER has highlighted ‘significant failings’ in the borough’s mental health trust after an Acocks Green father committed suicide.

A CORONER has highlighted ‘significant failings’ in the borough’s mental health trust after an Acocks Green father committed suicide.

Mark Willis, who had been questioned by police in relation to a sexual assault, died of carbon monoxide poisoning, an inquest heard.

The coroner was told at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall that the 42-year-old had been so distressed by the allegations he had tried to kill himself twice before.

Mr Willis’ wife Dawn said he disappeared from their home for ten days following his questioning by police.

Mrs Willis said the allegations were strenuously denied by her husband.

Birmingham coroner Mr Aidan Cotter ruled that Mr Willis had taken his own life but said there had been a series of ‘significant failures’ by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.

Mr Cotter said an investigation by the trust following Mr Willis’ death highlighted concerns in his care plan, missing entries from notes, under-staffing and the lack of a suitable care review.

 

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