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Body ‘lay for nine hours'

Thursday, 22 March 2018

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AN INQUEST into the death of a PSNI officer who shot himself in Ballymoney police station, has heard he was suffering from severe depression.
During the opening of the inquest on Monday March 12, it was heard how 55-year old father of two, Inspector Peter Magowan, had shot himself with a colleague's firearm shortly after returning from a period of sick leave on April 18, 2016, after suffering from severe depression. He had told his wife Lisa Magowan that he was struggling under "immense pressure and stress" at work.
Mrs Magowan told the inquest that continuous night shifts made her husband physically ill, suffering stomach and bowel complaints and sleep deprivation. Insp Magowan had previously worked in banking for 15 years, prior to joining what was then the RUC in the mid-1990s, and described him as "a devoted husband and father".
She said he felt unsupported, under-resourced and heavily criticised by more senior officers and began to doubt his own abilities.
The inquest heard that in 2015, Inspector Magowan went on sick leave and the decision was made to remove access to his personal protection weapon.
Mrs Magowan said her husband told her he was advised by the PSNI's Occupational Health and Wellbeing staff to go for walks and join the gym, which neither helped. Insp Magowan subsequently returned to work in January 2016 on restricted duty.

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