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Family calls for suicide site ban

26th June 2006

The family of a man who killed himself after looking at suicide websites has called for them to be banned.

Glenn Hughes, 39, was being treated for depression after the end of a 15-year relationship. His family said he found suicide information on the web.

Mr Hughes, from Cefn Glas, near Bridgend, south Wales, asphyxiated himself with a plastic bag.

Coroner Philip Walters, recording a suicide verdict, said while the sites may be undesirable, they were legal.

The issue of suicide websites was not raised during the inquest, but Mr Walters told the court he wanted to comment on them because there had been so much publicity surrounding this case.

Mr Hughes' family said they believed he would still be alive if he had not seen the website.

He was found in his home with his head in a plastic bag, which was attached to a helium bottle. But the inquest heard he had asphyxiated himself before he had a chance to turn on the gas.

Outside the court, Tyrone Hughes said his brother had been surfing suicide sites and had obtained a videotape from the net which demonstrated the method he chose to kill himself.

The dead man's sister, Julie Hughes, said the video her brother had bought - which was often used by people who want to end their lives because of serious illness - had "left no room for error".

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