Peter Stafieri (U.K.)
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Peter Stafieri (U.K., 1995)
A Barrow policeman killed himself when pressure from the Child Support Agency
got too much for him, an inquest heard. Coroner lan Smith recorded a verdict of
suicide on Detective Constable Staffieri (38) who was found hanging in the
garage of his home.
Mrs Angela Staffieri, the dead mans wife, said he was in constant contact
with the CSA and the heavy payments he had to make to support his children "made
his life a misery". Mr and Mrs Staffieri have two children of their own but he
was also making payments to the two children from his previous marriage. Mrs
Staffieri said her husband received a letter from the CSA saying he could reduce
his payments by £40. He took this to mean £40 a week but on the day he died,
August 1, he had a second letter which said it was £40 a month. It was the final
Mrs Staffieri said: "He felt he was banging his head against a brick wall. He
said he was fed up trying to sort it out. He felt he could not make ends meet
because of the amounts the CSA were asking for. When he received the second
letter he said there was nothing we could do and he said he was going to move in
with a friend and try to support me - he felt that was the only way. I went to
settle the children down and when I came downstairs I felt something was wrong.
Everything was locked up... thats when I found him."
The coroner said: "He had financial difficuities and felt the CSA were making
his life a misery. He didn't feel he was getting anywhere. The second letter
caused him great distress and was the final straw. It's clear beyond any doubt
that he intended to take his own life."
Posted 2006 09 04