South Wimbledon drug user, 27, took his own life, inquest hears

Morden Hall Park, where Mr Burrage's body was found

Morden Hall Park, where Mr Burrage's body was found

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A regular cannabis user and heavy drinker took his own life after years of suffering from mental health problems, an inquest heard.

Jonathan Burrage, of Hudson Court, Pincott Road, South Wimbledon, left his family home and went for a walk in the early hours of January 6 and never returned.

His dead body was found by a police dog walker in Morden Hall Park, senior coroner Fiona Wilcox heard.

Mr Burrage, 27, began using cannabis daily aged 12 and was later diagnosed with an unstable personality disorder.

He had previously been under the care of the Wimbledon community health team and at the age of 17 had suicidal thoughts and was self-harming.

The hearing on Tuesday, March 11, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London heard Mr Burrage used alcohol excessively and occasionally took magic mushrooms as well as cannabis.

A postmortem examination at St George’s Hospital found numerous self harm scars and the cause of death as a ligature impression of the neck.

Dr Wilcox said: “He had a long history of the misuse of cannabis.

“He drank alcohol every day – up to 11 cans a day.

“He was last seen by his sister Victoria. At 2am he was heard to leave the flat, closing the door, which wasn’t unusual.

"He would often walk at night and sleep in the day.

“I find Jonathan Burrage took his own life while intoxicated on cannabis.”

Dr Wilcox recorded a narrative verdict

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5:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

another victim of the righteous herb
another victim of the righteous herb Dr Martin
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9:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Clarethomas27 says...

Dear Chief Reporter...
I think the way this article has been written is totally insensitive to the family members and friends of Jonathan Burrage. This is not "Wimbledon" news, this is someone's son, brother and friend who, tragically decided to take his own life for reasons not noted here. So please don't make people automatically judge someone, without knowing the facts. You are not only demoralising Jonathan, but also his family and friends who are left behind picking up the pieces. You are writers, please be a bit more sympathetic to those still grieving rather than painting someone out to be just a drug/alcohol user. Mental Health is something a high number of people will go through, whether it be depression or personality disorders. I'm sure everyone reading this article will deal with their own demons at some point in their life. I am absolutely appalled that this article can even make the main page.
Dear Chief Reporter... I think the way this article has been written is totally insensitive to the family members and friends of Jonathan Burrage. This is not "Wimbledon" news, this is someone's son, brother and friend who, tragically decided to take his own life for reasons not noted here. So please don't make people automatically judge someone, without knowing the facts. You are not only demoralising Jonathan, but also his family and friends who are left behind picking up the pieces. You are writers, please be a bit more sympathetic to those still grieving rather than painting someone out to be just a drug/alcohol user. Mental Health is something a high number of people will go through, whether it be depression or personality disorders. I'm sure everyone reading this article will deal with their own demons at some point in their life. I am absolutely appalled that this article can even make the main page. Clarethomas27
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