‘Happy-go-lucky’ High Peak businessman took his own life, inquest hears

Chesterfield coroners' court.
Chesterfield coroners' court.

A ‘happy-go-lucky’ businessman committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after his relationship broke down, an inquest heard.

Martin Osborne, of Cotton Close, Whaley Bridge, was found on the railway line in the town on the evening of January 8.

Speaking at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Monday, Mr Osborne’s wife Wendy said the couple had ‘grown apart’.

Three days after he started divorce proceedings, 46-year-old dad-of-two Mr Osborne left the family home following an argument and took his own life.

Mr Osborne ran a successful business selling pet products in Stockport.

His mother Pamela said: “Martin was very lively, bubbly, hard-working and happy-go-lucky.

“He had a wicked sense of humour.

“I was very close to him and we spoke regularly.

“He was tried and tested many times.”

Mrs Osborne said her son was partially-sighted and his first marriage broke down after his daughter sadly died in an accident.

He had not self-harmed before and had no history of depression or other mental health problems, the inquest heard.

Coroner James Newman ruled Mr Osborne committed suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

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