UK: Man stabbed himself to death after taking magic mushrooms’ coroner hears

Tom Belcher from Staffordshire was found in his flat. His heartbroken mum said he’d seemed ‘at his happiest’ prior to his tragic death

A young man stabbed himself in the stomach while high on magic mushrooms, an inquest heard. Tom Belcher’s heartbroken mum said the 21-year-old had seemed to be “at his happiest” in the weeks before his tragic death.

Police found Tom’s body at his flat in Newcastle-under-Lyme after he’d sent “concerning” messages to his mum and sister. Sadly, there was nothing officers or medics could do to help Tom, who died from a single stab wound to the abdomen on October 18, 2022.

Third-party involvement was ruled out by Staffordshire Police and, while self-inflicted, the coroner did not believe it “was an act of suicide”, StokeonTrentLive reports. Phone records showed he had been in contact with a family friend regarding the drugs, which the inquest heard “had an impact” on his actions.

A statement read out during the hearing from his mum, Heidi Belcher, said: “Over the last few weeks of Tom’s life he seemed at his happiest. He had made plans to go back to university and move to a bigger address where he could get a dog.”

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