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Suicide verdict recorded at inquest

A suicide verdict has been returned at the end of an inquest into the death of a 54-year-old Douglas man.

Toni Michael Lace was found with self inflicted stab wounds to his neck and body at the house he shared with his brother David, on November 29 last year.

The hearing was told Mr Lace had suffered mental health problems for a number of years, including clinical depression, which became worse after his mother died in mid-October 2011.

The inquest heard David had become concerned for his brother following the death of their mother, which had hit Toni particularly hard.

About a week before his death Toni had been prescribed diazepam, in addition to the Olanzapine he took for his clinical depression.

Returning a suicide verdict, Coroner of Inquests John Needham offered his sincere condolences to David and Toni's son Brett, who were both in attendance.

Mr Needham told David it was obvious Toni thought of him as a good brother, as evidenced the night before his death when he told David, "I love you, you do everything for me".

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