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**POSSIBLE TW** Claimant Left Sarcastic Suicide Note Thanking The DWP For UC

April 12, 2019

A man who took his own life after running out of money for his electricity meter left a suicide note sarcastically “thanking” Universal Credit bosses.

Brian Sycamore was having trouble getting the controversial benefit, his brother told his inquest.

Mr Sycamore, of Long Eaton, wrote the note on his phone before taking an overdose of pills.

The 62-year-old had suffered with back pain for many years but his brother claimed the problems he was having with Universal Credit were the “trigger” for his suicide.

Mr Sycamore’s housemate Paul Baker found him dead in his bed with a large amount of medication on his bedside table on September 30, 2017.

An inquest at Derby and Derbyshire Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that all the medication was legitimately prescribed to Mr Sycamore for his back conditions.

A GP said Mr Sycamore, of Bennett Street, had no record of mental health problems or previous suicide attempts, and a psychiatric doctor said he had never been admitted to Kingsway Hospital.

Assistant coroner Louise Pinder said Mr Sycamore’s brother, Henry Sycamore, believed he took his own life because of problems with his benefits.

She said: “Henry has said to us that he believes this was a deliberate act.

“He had been in pain for many years. But he believes the trigger was down to problems he was having with his Universal Credit.”

PC Mark Karim, of Derbyshire police, read a note that was left on Mr Sycamore’s unlocked phone.

He said: “There was a note that said ‘can you thank the people who work at the Department for Work and Pensions?’

“There was also a reference to the electricity meter running out.”

The coroner and PC Karim both agreed that the “thanks” in the note were intended to be sarcastic.

Housemate Mr Baker last saw Mr Sycamore alive two days before his death. Mr Baker spent the day before the suicide in bed, due to illness, but decided to check on Mr Sycamore when he stopped hearing noise coming from his room.

Mr Baker did not move the body but called East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics, who recorded the time of death as 3.33pm, and who also called police to the scene.

A post-mortem carried out in Derby, and toxicology tests completed in Sheffield, found that Mr Sycamore had lethal levels of four different medicines in his system.

The coroner recorded Mr Sycamore’s death as “suicide” and said the cause of death was “mixed drug toxicity”.

However, while she did state that there was a note left on his phone, she did not refer to problems with Universal Credit as a cause or contributing factor when recording her conclusion.

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  1. April 12, 2019 6:32 pm

    Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homicide_murder_and_manslaughter/


    The coroner (Assistant coroner Louise Pinder) recorded Mr Sycamore’s death as “suicide” and said the cause of death was “mixed drug toxicity”.

    However, while she did state that there was a note left on his phone, she did not refer to problems with Universal Credit as a cause or contributing factor when recording her conclusion.


    PC Mark Karim, of Derbyshire police, read a note that was left on Mr Sycamore’s unlocked phone.

    Concealing an Arrestable Offence: s.5 Criminal Law Act 1967 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1967/58/section/5

    Assisting an Offender – section 4(1) Criminal Law Act 1967 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1967/58/section/4

    Serious Crime Act 2007 – Encouraging or Assisting Crime –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/27/part/2

    Aiding or Abetting – Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/24-25/94/crossheading/as-to-abettors-in-misdemeanors

    https://www.derby.ac.uk/staff/louise-pinder/
    https://www.coronersociety.org.uk/coroners/8670/
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/louise-pinder-06951626

    Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner –
    Derbyshire County Council –
    https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/births-marriages-deaths/deaths/coroners-service/coroners-post-mortems-and-inquests.aspx

    Safeguarding adults –
    “We have a duty to keep vulnerable adults safe from abuse.” –
    https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/care-and-health-service-providers/safeguarding/safeguarding-adults.aspx

    Bullsh1ting Criminal Filth –

    Perverting The Course of Justice –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/public_justice_offences_incorporating_the_charging_standard/

    Leader of Derbyshire County Council Cllr Barry Lewis
    https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/councillors/councillor-profiles/barry-lewis.aspx
    Is this criminal Nonce in Prison yet?

    Care Act 2014 -Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/42/enacted

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/2/section/20/enacted
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/2/section/21/enacted

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/

    Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner –
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derbyshire_Police_and_Crime_Commissioner

    The current incumbent is Hardyal Dhindsa, who represents the Labour Party
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardyal_Dhindsa

    Is that Do-Nothing criminal and it’s gang in prison yet?

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