A CORPSE hanging from a pub sign on a main road was mistaken for a Guy Fawkes dummy.
Passer-by Andrew Lee thought the body of Richard Alexander Cantle, 23, must be a fake, and the alarm was only raised the following morning when a dog walker saw the scene.
Mr Cantle, from the Nags Head, High Street, Farndon, climbed out of his bedroom window on August 28 last year and tied a “substantial” knot round the pub sign using a football scarf. Police believe he closed the window before hanging himself.
Mother Toni Mellor, now of Upton Drive, Upton, said of the night before: “He was in a good mood, laughing and joking, then he got a telephone call.
“The next morning I could hear a noise outside. I looked through the window and saw an ambulance. I thought there must have been an accident in the village.”
It is not known who called Mr Cantle’s mobile but he disappeared for a while shortly after. He also drunk from a bottle of Bacardi and Coke.
Mr Cantle, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, was diagnosed with hyperactivity when he was two and was put on Ritalin. By 16 he was “uncontrollable” and set fire to his bedroom. His mother added: “There was not a time when you saw him when he was not under the influence of drugs.”
He went back to live with his parents when he was 18 and drug-free, having “changed completely”. His mother worried after he became involved with a pregnant girl who she believed was using her son, but after a few months things returned to normal.
He was affected by his grandmother’s death on June 3 last year. He also had problems with drink, but responded when told to sleep it off.
On Tuesday in Chester Coroner’s Court, Coroner Geoffrey Roberts added: “On August 28 that is precisely what he was told. Instead of going and sleeping it off he left the house. The phone call seemed to be the precipitating factor in Richard going out.”