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Inquest into death of Carl Sargeant due to open

Inquest into death of Carl Sargeant due to open”

The note to wife Bernadette advised her not to enter the utility room in Connah's Quay, north Wales, but to call the police. Resuscitation was attempted but was unsuccessful.

Tributes will be paid to Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant as assembly business resumes at the Senedd following his death.

But she did and found her husband on the floor.

Coroner Gittins said he wanted to get the facts surrounding Sargeant's death so to prevent similar deaths in the future.

The inquest at Ruthin Coronor's Court will not consider the truth of the allegations or "who is right or wrong".

He said: 'With this aspect of my role in mind, I shall be examining carefully the steps taken by the Assembly to have regard to Mr Sargeant's mental welfare prior to his death'.

A spokesman for Mr Jones said: "Further to the First Minister's comments yesterday about the need for independent scrutiny of his actions and decisions in relation to Carl Sargeant, he agrees that there should be an independent inquiry and it would be proper to ask a senior QC to lead that work".

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

Mr Jones has faced criticism from Mr Sargeant's family about his handling of the communities secretary's dismissal and his suspension from the Labour Party.

His family claimed that he was never informed what the accusations were, which had caused him mental anguish.

"But, as part of my investigation, I must gather evidence to assist me in reaching a conclusion, as when the final inquest hearing takes place I will be required to give consideration to reaching a conclusion of suicide, which would require me to be certain that it was Mr Sargeant's intention to end his life".

He also claimed the atmosphere in the Cardiff administration was "toxic" with 'minor bullying, mind-games, power-games, favouritism, inconsistency of treatment to different ministers, deliberate personal undermining'.



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