Dad-of-three took own life at Eden Project after being put at risk of losing his job

Dad-of-three took own life at Eden Project after being put at risk of losing his job

 

A dad-of-three who worked at the Eden Project took his own life after his job was put at risk of redundancy, an inquest has heard.

Marc Antonio Dominguez Mappley, who worked in the horticulture science team, died at the attraction’s chemical storage area on July 28.

An inquest into the 48-year-old’s death heard he suffered from a history of depression and had once before attempted to kill himself at the attraction several years prior.

He was also struggling to deal with the death of his father when he died.

The cause of Mr Mappley’s death was confirmed as hanging, Cornwall Live reports.

Giving evidence during the hearing was Mr Mappley’s partner Jay Henwood, who described how they met on Match.com in 2019.

Ms Henwood said: “Marc had a great sense of humour and was a very, very funny guy. As time went on I learned he was a caring, loving person and an amazing father.”

She claimed Mr Mappley told her he had previously attempted to kill himself, in the same place in 2015 after his marriage ended, but wasn’t successful.

But this was not reported to Eden HR or the police.

Ms Henwood added “he found a new lease of life after as it scared him”.

But in January Mr Mappley received the “shock” news that his father had died after a period of illness.

He was said to have not properly addressed his grief.

Worried about Covid and his finances, Mr Mappley and Ms Henwood moved in together in Tintagel with arrangements in place for him to see his children in Redruth.

Ms Henwood described Mr Mappley as being “lacklustre and sleeping more” and making comments about being worthless and everyone being better off without him.

In the months leading up to his death Mr Mappley was placed on furlough which created increased money worries and it was decided that he and Ms Henwood would together build her cleaning business.

Mr Mappley’s position was also put under redundancy consultation although no final decision had been made.

The couple had planned to marry as soon as possible but when Covid caused arrangements to be cancelled Mr Mappley was “hit hard”.

Ms Henwood concluded by saying that although Mr Mappley had numerous worries, including planned alterations to when he could see his children, she was aware of no intention for him to take his life when he left for Eden that day.

Mr Mappley’s ex-wife and the mother of his children, Nancy, also gave evidence.

She spoke of how they married in 2006 but separated amicably when their marriage turned to a friendship.

Ms Mappley said he had told her of his previous attempt to kill himself but he had promised never to do it again.

She said: “He was a loving, kind and gentle person whereas Jay was fiery. He didn’t cope well with that.

“His dad’s death hit him very hard as he had always been Marc’s rock.”

On July 13, Mr Mappley sent his ex wife a positive message saying he was “feeling strong” and three days later sent another one saying she is an amazing mum, they should be proud of their children and she would always have a place in his heart.

She added: “He came to visit and told me he was being made redundant. His job was his identity and he loved it. He was clearly struggling but I didn’t think he was suicidal.”

An Eden HR spokeswoman said Mr Mappley hadn’t actually been made redundant but the consultation was in process.

She added the attraction never received any applications from Mr Mappley regarding other internal jobs he was told he could apply for.

Concluding the inquest, acting senior coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox said: “Marc had suffered a long history of depression and over the last year or so suffered bereavement. He had financial concerns as a result of being furloughed.”

Coroner Cox recorded a conclusion of suicide and expressed his condolences to those who knew Mr Mappley.

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