Young footballer found hanged by his dad after night out

A young man who broke down during a night out drinking with friends was found dead hours later, an inquest heard.

Football club captain Shaun Young was found dead at home aged 21 after telling friends he was “done” and becoming emotional on a night out in Pontypridd. An inquest into Mr Young’s death was held at Pontypridd Coroners’ Court on Thursday.

It heard that Mr Young had previously expressed suicidal thoughts to his father and was prescribed anti-depressant medication.

The coroner in the inquest also highlighted the “troubling trend” of young men taking both alcohol and cocaine and the impact the combination can have.

A written statement by Mr Young’s dad, Paul Young, was read to the court. He described his son as a keen football fan and said the pair enjoyed an evening together watching TV with a takeaway on February 28.

The inquest heard Paul Young had texted his son on the evening of February 29 and later heard he had been on a night out with friends in Pontypridd.

The following day he again texted him but after receiving no reply, which he described as “unusual”, he contacted his son’s place of work. Paul Yiung was told he had not shown up so he decided to visit his son’s home in Tonyrefail.

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He found the front door unlocked and found Shaun Young hanged. The emergency services were called but he was declared dead at 2.14pm on March 1.

Shaun Young’s girlfriend, Jasmine Adams, said she was aware of his mental health issues. In a written statement read out to the inquest Ms Adams said he would “bottle up” his emotions and didn’t speak to his father about them to avoid making him “upset”.

Thomas Ivey, a close friend of Mr Young, gave evidence in person at the hearing. He described Mr Young appearing “emotional” during the night out and said at one point he was “tearing up”.

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He later left his friends and when they found him Mr Ivey said Mr Young said “I’m done” and: “Leave me be, I can’t go on like this anymore”.

He added that he also made reference to taking his own life but friends were able to calm him down and he “promised” he was fine. Ms Adams told the inquest Mr Young would feel “10 times worse” after drinking alcohol.

The inquest heard Mr Ivey took Mr Young, who was captain of Ely Valley FC’s senior side, home in a taxi and he promised he would be in work the following day.

Coroner Graeme Hughes said: “I will record that Shaun Young had recently been suffering with his mental health for which he was being medicated.

“Following a night out with friends during which he has either concurrently or thereafter consumed alcohol and cocaine he’s returned home in Tonyrefail in the early hours of March 1, 2020, he has deliberately tied a ligature around his neck and suspended himself. This has directly led to his death.”

He said that on the evidence it could not be found that Mr Young “intended the consequences” to be his death and that his “intentions [were] clouded by the effects of alcohol and cocaine”.

He recorded a conclusion of “deliberate self-harm in a setting of unclear intentions”.

A medical cause of death of “pressure to the neck following hanging” was recorded.

Mr Hughes said: “Shaun’s death is not the first in the circumstances we have heard of today of young men, particularly in the Rhondda, taking their own lives in similar circumstances. It’s noticeably a concerning and troubling trend in this court in the last 12 to 18 months.”

He added: “If this inquest highlights anything that those may read about in the press it will highlight the catastrophic effects of concurrent cocaine and alcohol use can have on individuals with not significant mental health problems.”

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