Dad, 38, killed himself days after being banned from seeing daughter by courts

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Daniel Donnelly's inquest took place at Hull Coroner's Court (Google)

A father who was banned by the courts from seeing his daughter killed himself just days later, an inquest has heard.

Daniel Donnelly, 38, was found dead at his home in Newland Avenue, Hull, on February 18 this year - less than three weeks after he was told he could not visit his child.

Mr Donnelly had recently got clean following a lengthy battle with drugs and was said to have “lived for his weekends seeing his daughter”, according to Hull Live.

He had limited visitation rights but when his daughter turned up at his mother’s home wanting to see him, he immediately biked round to see her.

However, this broke the restrictions on his visitations and a court banned him from seeing his daughter on January 29 while they investigated.

Twenty days later, Mr Donnelly was found dead inside his home.

Mr Donnelly was found dead at his home in Newland Avenue, Hull (Google)

At an inquest into his death at Hull Coroner’s Court, Mr Donnelly’s sister said the court order led her brother to take his own life.

She said: "Danny did not have any mental health problems. He was a very happy go lucky man and would bounce back from anything.

"He was always laughing and joking and would do anything for his family.

"He lived for his (daughter). Anything bad he would have done in the past was due to drug taking."

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The inquest heard Mr Donnelly had taken cannabis and drank six cans of beers before his death - and also took cocaine, which the hearing was told can cause some "suicidal tendencies in those susceptible individuals”.

Returning a verdict of suicide, Area Coroner Rosemary Baxter said: "The evidence from the postmortem examination by Dr Paul Cooke found that Danny had taken some cocaine which may have added to the desire to take his own life.

"There were suicide notes found at his flat and the court refused him contact with his daughter shortly before his death and this upset him dearly.

"I also conclude that this was a pre-planned act.”

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