Coates father took his own life, coroners court rules

South Fens Business Park in Chatteris

South Fens Business Park in Chatteris - Credit: Archant

A 40 year old father was found hanging in his parents garage after years suffering from clinical depression an inquest heard.

Jonathan Rust, died on January 25 at Coates Road, Eastrea. He had a low dose of cocaine in his system - half a gramme - and no suicide note was found to explain why he had decided to take is life.

Mr Rust, of North Green, Coates, left his home at about 10.30pm on January 24 and was found dead the next day.

During a hearing at South Fens Business Park in Chatteris, coroner David Morris said: “He spent time at home and had a good family relationship. I’m satisfied there was no other third party involved and he took his own life.”

Mr Rust was a digger driver and lived at home in Coates with his wife Shirley and two children.


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In 2004 Mr Rust was sent to jail for 12 months for inciting violence when he drove his friend Chris Berridge to the family home of Berridge’s ex girlfriend.

Once there Berridge set light to the property in a revenge attack but inside was his ex partner’s mother Bridget Montgomery who died in the fire.

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Berridge was jailed for eight years.

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