Mentally ill man kills himself after Kingston Council serves eviction notice

From Kingston Guardian.

A mentally-ill man killed himself by setting fire to his front room over fears he would be kicked out of his home, a coroner ruled.

Kevin Hall, 57, who was divorced with a young son, covered his flat in St Andrew’s Road, Surbiton, with petrol, lit a match and lay on the sofa after being served an eviction notice by Kingston Council.

Two weeks before the suicide on April 1 last year, Mr Hall failed to turn up to an eviction hearing, telling social workers he “no longer had the will to fight”, the court heard.

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