Pensioner drowned in park lake
A PENSIONER who had battled with depression drowned himself after taking too much medication.
An inquest heard that Robert Webb, from Yate, was last seen walking in Kingsgate Park on November 12, before throwing himself into the lake to his death.
The 78-year-old had been unhappy about moving into a care home to arrange more support for him and had previously attempted suicide in 2009.
He had also regularly suffered from anxiety and required medication for his depression.
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At Flax Bourton Coroner's Court, the inquest was told that on the last visit to Mr Webb by a social worker on November 8, 2011, there was no indication of stress but a certain degree of anxiety was noted.
Mr Webb explained that he had been thinking about a recent motorway accident which had made him feel anxious.
Four days later Paul Boyes, a carpenter, had seen a drunk-looking man stumbling and dragging his feet alongside the lake in Kingsgate Park, Yate, on November 12.
He said that the man did not acknowledge him as he made his way towards the water.
In a statement read out in court, he said: "After a few seconds he lunged himself into the water. Then the man was just sat in the water facing me."
"I shouted 'you can't be in there, you have got to get out'."
Mr Boyes says he then saw Mr Webb roll to the left, face down in the water. He said that bubbles came to the surface and he saw no more movement from Mr Webb's body.
Mr Webb's body was dragged from the water by police who arrived approximately 15 minutes later.
Assistant deputy to the coroner, Anthony Fairweather, said that the increased levels of medication in his body had caused drowsiness.
He said: "I'm satisfied that Mr Webb took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed."