Monday 19 February 2018

Reverend drank himself to death in hotel room

Rev Derek Sargent
Rev Derek Sargent

Gareth Naughton

A Church of Ireland cleric checked into a hotel and deliberately drank himself to death.

The body of Reverend Derek Sargent was found in the bathroom of his room at Bewley's Hotel in Dublin Airport on July 28 last year.

The 46-year-old had been missing since leaving his home at Seafield Road West in Clontarf, Dublin 3, just after lunchtime the previous day.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that the father of three drank a significant amount of alcohol in a short period of time leading to his death.

His wife Breda was too upset to give evidence but in her deposition said that he had been suffering from depression for more than two years and had been treated at St Patrick's Hospital during that period.

On the day of his disappearance, he seemed to be in "fine form", she said.

He got into his clerical suit and told her he was going to visit patients at Clontarf Orthopaedic Hospital where he was chaplain.

When he did not return later that evening, Mrs Sargent raised the alarm.

He was found in the bath and it was evident that he had been dead for a number of hours.

Gardai found a quarter full bottle of Jack Daniels in the bathroom and another empty bottle in the bedroom. They also discovered a Bible opened on the funeral rites page.

Farewell notes were found at the scene and in his home.

The cause of death was given as a respiratory failure due to acute alcohol intoxication.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that the notes were a clear indication that he intended to take his own life. He returned a verdict of self-inflicted death.

Irish Independent

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