Carl Sargeant: ‘Hanging’ cause of ex-minister’s death


Sacked Welsh Drudgery minister Carl Sargeant’s provisional cause of death was hanging, an inquest has consented.

The 49-year-old married father-of-two, who had been Alyn and Deeside AM since 2003, was set up dead at his home in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, on Tuesday.

He was found four periods after being sacked from his job as cabinet secretary for communities and issues.

At the opening of his inquest, coroner John Gittins said it was “an apparent act of self wound”.

Mr Gittins added he would carefully examine “the steps taken by the circle to have regard to Mr Sargeant’s mental welfare prior to his death”.

The inquest in Ruthin, Denbighshire, was castigated Mr Sargeant was found on the floor of the utility room by his wife Bernadette.

Group members attempted to resuscitate him before paramedics arrived and continued those elbow-greases, but the former minister was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.

Mr Sargeant was front a party investigation into claims about inappropriate personal direct behave and was suspended from the Welsh Labour Party prior to his death.

He was bump off from his role amid allegations he had “touched or groped” a number of lasses.

Mr Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said the inquest thinks fitting not consider the veracity of the allegations made against Mr Sargeant, nor would he be “looking to Cardiff and the Welsh Convention or the Labour Party” about who was right or wrong and who could be trusted.

He about he would be seeking statements from First Minister Carwyn Jones and under any circumstances others at the Welsh Assembly in the coming weeks, but was not in a position to say whether Mr Jones disposition be called to give evidence.

No date has been fixed for the full heed as the coroner said a separate independent inquiry could have an meaning on his responsibility to compile a prevention of future deaths report.

He ended by reassuring Mr Sargeant’s family, friends and colleagues that “there will be a unabridged and fair examination of the matters which are relevant to my investigation and that I shall not assign the inquest to be a trial by press, politics or personality”.

Mr Sargeant’s family gathered him “the glue that bound us together” and said they were “leveled beyond words”.

Mr Jones said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” and compensated tribute to “a friend as well as a colleague”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denoted Mr Sargeant’s death was “deeply shocking news” while Prime Wait on Theresa May said her “heart goes out to Carl Sargeant’s friends and issue”.

Mr Jones sacked Mr Sargeant from his frontbench after the first parson learned of a number of alleged incidents involving women.

There choice be an independent inquiry into how Mr Jones handled the case.

Meanwhile, bright claims about bullying in the Welsh Government have been boosted by a former adviser to Mr Jones.

Steve Jones said he agreed with whilom cabinet minister Leighton Andrews, who has described a “toxic” atmosphere at the top of the distribution.

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