'Terrified' 999 caller says 'there's someone in my garden' hours before being found dead
Written by The Newsroom on May 27, 2019
A 999 caller reported someone acting suspiciously in his garden just hours before his body was found at home.
It is thought warehouse worker Zbigniew Lubiewjewski was under the influence of cocaine at the time which could have made him paranoid, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports .
An inquest into his death heard how he told the call taker he was ‘terrified’ as someone was outside the property in Booth Street, Chesterton. “They have liquid,” he said, not making much sense.
A police officer was later sent to the scene and arrived to find a silhouette in the window. Realising it looked like a person suspended in the air, he forced his way inside. The 41-year-old’s body was found upstairs.
A post-mortem examination later confirmed Mr Lubiewjewski had died as a result of hanging. Tests also revealed he had cocaine in his system.
The New Look worker had confided to his sister a couple of months earlier that he had been feeling depressed. Ewa Suchecka said in a statement: “I told him to go to the doctor’s.” But it appeared he never made the appointment.
Mr Lubiewjewski, who had moved to the UK from his native Poland when the Eastern European country joined the European Union, had been worrying about money troubles.
His housemate had recently moved out and so he was having to cover all of the bills. He was also concerned about a family house in Poland that was in the process of being rented out and working night shifts had taken their toll.
“He was tired and moody,” added Ms Suchecka. “But suicide is never something I would have expected him to do. He was a bit lonely, but I didn’t expect this.”
The inquest heard Mr Lubiewjewski rang the emergency services at 1.50am on September 7 and asked for ‘an ambulance and police’ to attend.
After establishing he was safe inside the locked house, the incident was categorised and a police patrol was sent round at 4.51am.
PC Darren Preston arrived to find a light shining through a bedroom window. “I could work out a black silhouette,” he said.
“I used my enforcer to gain entry to the property. The TV was still on.”
Concluding the death was due to suicide, North Staffordshire coroner Andrew Barkley said the police had acted appropriately that night when they took his call.
He added: “At no stage during that conversation is there any suggestion that he was thinking or attempting to take his own life.”
Mr Barkley said taking cocaine could make a person ‘anxious and paranoid’, although it wasn’t possible to know the precise effect the drug had had on Mr Lubiewjewski.
If you are experiencing mental health problems, feeling suicidal, or are concerned about someone else, support is available. Speak with your GP, who can refer into appropriate local services, contact the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline on 0808 800 2234 for out-of-hours support, or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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