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      Monday 09, February 2015

      Open inquest verdict in death of Salford lorry driver

      An inquest at Bolton Coroner's Court heard how Alan Ogden had struggled with heart problems and took medication to treat schizophrenia

      AN OPEN verdict has been recorded at an inquest into the death of a Salford lorry driver whose body was found at his flat in Eccles.

      61-year-old Alan Ogden was found by police and ambulance services in the living room of his Argosy Street flat at 3.50pm on 25 September 2014.

      A post-mortem found Mr Ogden had consumed more than the therapeutic dose of amisulpride, an anti-psychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia.

      Coroner Rachel Griffin recorded an open verdict at Bolton Coroner's Court, concluding there was insufficient evidence to suggest whether he had intentionally taken his own life or accidentally taken an overdose.

      The court heard that former factory worker Mr Ogden, one of six children, had served in the Armed Forces between 1971 and 1977 and became a lorry driver on his return to England but had to leave his job when problems with his mental health arose.

      His sister Julie Ormerod told the hearing that Mr Ogden started to believe that officials from the Secret Services and the IRA were following him.

      He was also sectioned under the Mental Health Act on several occasions after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1988.

      Dr Alison Walker of St Andrews Medical Centre in Eccles confirmed to the court that in addition to existing health problems, Mr Ogden had also been diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease and suffered a heart attack in 1999.

      Mr Ogden’s condition remained relatively stable, when he complied with his medication, for several years and was regularly reviewed by the Secondary Mental Health Team of the Greater Manchester West clinic until concerns re-emerged in 2013 after his disability benefits were wrongly stopped.

      Dr Singh, a Special Training Psychiatrist at the clinic, said Mr Ogden’s wellbeing had improved on his last visit in February 2014 and he had not experienced any recent psychotic episodes.

      The court heard that medication was found in kitchen cupboards at Mr Ogden’s flat following his death and empty blister packs were in the bin but none were discovered around his body with a police investigation uncovering no suspicious circumstances.

      Assistant coroner Rachel Griffin said: “The only person who could tell us what happened is Mr Ogden himself as he is the only one who can say what he intended.

      “There does not seem to be anything that triggered the events on or before the day of his death.”

      By Adam Higgins

      Twitter: @Higgins_Adam95

      Published by Adam Higgins on 09-02-2015 09:16
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