Home Health Dad, Commit Suicide After Court Bans Him From Seeing His Daughter

Dad, Commit Suicide After Court Bans Him From Seeing His Daughter

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Daniel Donnelly, from Hull, was banned from seeing his daughter after he went to his mum’s home to see her

A dad killed himself after being banned from seeing his daughter by the courts, an inquest heard.

Daniel Donnelly, 38, was found dead at his home in Hull on February 18 – just 20 days after being told he could no longer see his girl.

Hull Coroner’s Court heard Mr Donnelly “lived for his weekends seeing his daughter” after becoming clean following a long battle with drugs.

He was only allowed to see his child under visitation rights but when she had turned up at his mother’s home in Hull wanting to see him, Mr Donnelly biked to see her.

The contact breached the visitation restrictions and on January 29 a court banned him from seeing her while they carried out investigations.

He was found dead at his home less than three weeks later.

His sister told an inquest into his death on Tuesday she believed the court order led to him taking his own life.

She said: “Danny did not have any mental health problems. He was a very happy go lucky man and would bounce back from anything.

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“He was always laughing and joking and would do anything for his family.

“He lived for his (daughter). Anything bad he would have done in the past was due to drug taking.”

The inquest heard Mr Donnelly had not engaged with mental health services and had not used Google to research suicide terms.

However, he had taken cocaine, cannabis and drank six cans of beers before his death.

Cocaine can cause some “suicidal tendencies in those susceptible individuals”, the hearing was told.

But his main thought process was being reunited with his daughter.

Area Corner Rosemary Baxter returned a conclusion of suicide.

She said: “The evidence from the postmortem examination by Dr Paul Cooke found that Danny had taken some cocaine which may have added to the desire to take his own life.

“There were suicide notes found at his flat and the court refused him contact with his daughter shortly before his death and this upset him dearly.

“I also conclude that this was a pre-planned act.”

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