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Young Gravesend man found dead in neighbour’s flat had become a ‘recluse’ during pandemic

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A Gravesend man took his own life in his neighbour's flat after becoming a "recluse" during the pandemic.

Craig Bibby, 22, was found hanged in his neighbour's maisonette flat on Sun Lane in June.

A coroner at County Hall in Maidstone today (September 2) determined that Craig entered his neighbour's property with the intention of taking his own life and died as a result.

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The coroner, Alan Blunsdon, said: "I am satisfied upon evidence that Craig Bibby intended on June 8 to take his own life by hanging and did so.

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"I extend to Craig Bibby's family and friends my deepest sympathies upon their sad loss."

Craig was reported missing to police by his father Christopher Bibby at around 4pm on June 8, after his mother Mary Trice became worried about his whereabouts.

At 5.40pm, Tom Coleman, a groundworker, returned home to his flat where he noticed his bathroom window, which is usually open, was locked, and his front door was secured with a deadlock.

He made the discovery after looking through his window.

Detective Sergeant James Dolby of Medway Police, who presented evidence at the inquest, said the officers who first attended the scene entered the property by breaking into a window, where they found the body of a young man lying in the hallway.

DS Dolby later attended the scene, where he found no defence wounds or injuries to the hands and nothing to indicate a disturbance, which suggested there was no third party involvement.

He said the officer who first attended the scene noted that the laptop was playing a music video at the time of entry.

Christopher Bibby, who had earlier reported his son missing, identified Craig's body in the flat.

DS Dolby said he was unable to determine why Craig chose to enter his neighbour's property to end his life, however he did note that Mr Bibby had become a "recluse" since the first lockdown, spent most of his time on a computer and only left his room for meals.

When asked by the coroner if the COVID-19 pandemic was a turning point for Mr Bibby, he agreed.

'I was speechless'

The inquest heard that Mr Coleman had had few interactions with Craig, who he described as a "quiet lad", but was familiar with his mother Mrs Trice.

He said: "I was speechless, I couldn't take it on board. I was just shocked."

In a statement Mrs Trice described her son as a "quiet and reserved but happy child", but noted that he became more shy and reluctant to socialise once he started college at the age of 16.

He had not worked since before the first lockdown and started to spend increasing amounts of time on his own once the pandemic hit.

In April 2021, Mrs Trice said her ex-partner Christopher Bibby woke her after their son had rung him sounding distressed.

They checked his bedroom and noticed the velux window of his attic room was open, and they discovered Mr Bibby standing on the roof of the property shaking.

His father managed to calm him down and grabbed him from the roof, bringing him back into the house.

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Mrs Trice said her son had never expressed any thoughts of suicide or self harm to her, however he did worry about money a lot.

In her statement she said herself and her ex-partner Christopher Bibby offered to find their son mental health support, but he refused to accept it.

On the morning of his death, Mrs Trice said Craig "seemed in good spirits", which was out of character, and he told her he was going to the job centre.

She said: "It was nice to see him happy and out of his room, so I wasn't overly concerned."

However, Mrs Trice became worried after Mr Bibby had been gone for a couple of hours and prompted his father Christopher Bibby to ring the police, who recorded him as a missing person.

She was later taken home from work by police, who informed her that Mr Bibby's body had been found in a neighbouring flat.

Dr David Rouse, who conducted the post-mortem on June 15, determined that Mr Bibby's death was "not due to natural causes" and was caused by "suspension".

A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Craig's funeral.

Press here to donate to the fundraiser.

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