A man who died from severe head injuries after jumping from the roof of a converted barn at his family home, had returned from a trip to Ibiza just days before.
Tom Carrick was an engineer who had been living in Australia, and had been back in East Yorkshire to visit his family and attend his sister’s wedding, an inquest heard.
Shortly after the ceremony, Tom, 36, took a trip to Ibiza with his friends but when he returned he did not seem himself, his family said and he ended his own life just days later, Hull Live reports.
Hull Coroners Court heard Tom arrived back in the UK from Australia on July 23 and seemed his “same old, happy self” as the family celebrated his sister’s wedding on July 27, describing it as a “wonderful day”.
The following week he and his friends went on a holiday to Ibiza, as they had regularly done since the 2005.
Tom had been due to return from the trip on the Friday, August 2, but contacted his family to tell them he would be getting a later flight.
When he arrived back in the UK, he met a friend in Hull and later contacted his dad who picked him up.
Tom then spent time with another friend on Saturday afternoon and stayed over at his house until Sunday.
His friend said Tom had seemed his “old self” in the afternoon but by early evening, his “demeanour changed”.
He found him in the kitchen holding a large kitchen knife, which his friend had to take from him. He spoke of being a “bad person” who had done “bad things”.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Tom emptied his pockets, threw his phone and passport to the floor and told his friend: “I won’t be needing them will I.”
Tom spoke to his friend before he left his house on Sunday morning but that was the last time the pair would see each other.
His friend said: “I love Tom and miss him terribly. I will never forget him. He is the best friend I ever had.”
Across the course of Sunday, Tom’s family became concerned for his wellbeing. The court heard how Tom began to talk about having done “bad things” and “not making sense”.
He told his sister: "I’ve f**ked it, I’ll get my comeuppance."
His father described Tom as appearing to be in a “psychotic state”.
Worried for his safety, David and Tom’s sister stayed with him in the outer house he had been staying in during his visit home.
But the next day, Tom’s state showed no signs of improvement. When asked “are you alright?" by his sister, he replied, “no, I’m not f****ing alright.”
Tom’s parents monitored Tom throughout the early morning as his sister went shopping.
David called his GP but was told there was nothing they could do.
He then called the crisis team and was on hold for 40 minutes before he was told Tom being at home meant he was in a “safe place”, the inquest heard.
Tom did eventually speak on the phone to mental health workers but was “vacant” and said he “needed to clear his head”.
Soon after, Tom went upstairs telling his mum he was going to the toilet.
His sister then arrived back to the farm to see Tom standing on top of the converted barn building adjoined to the family house and tragically saw her brother throw himself to the ground below.
Emergency services were called and paramedics desperately tried to save his life but there was nothing they could do and Tom was pronounced dead at 11.06am.
Coroner Rosemary Baxter recorded a conclusion of suicide and offered her condolences to Tom’s family.
Tom's father David Carrick said: “He was a very popular lad. He had friends all over the place and always worked hard.”
“He was a great lad and we were proud of him.”
Tom’s mother Libby said the family will never fully understand what happened and her son will be missed beyond measure.
She said: “Tom had a full and adventurous life. He was a lively and sociable character who touched many people's lives.
“He will be loved and missed beyond measure by his family and friends. It is a tragic loss that we will never fully understand.
“Rest in peace Tommy.”
His sister Lucie added: “My brother was my hero, he looked after me and my sister always. He was a truly special character - wise, carefree, fun and beautiful inside and out.
“The heartache of losing him will never go away, but he is not gone; his memory lives on through all those who were so fortunate to know him.
“A lesson I’ve learnt from this tragedy is talk more and listen. You never know what battles those around you may be facing.”
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