Coroner reserves decision

CORONER Paul McMahon has reserved his decision on the coronial inquest into the death of young Coffs Harbour man Sam Dibley in 2009.

Mr McMahon, who has been hearing evidence from witnesses and reading submissions on the matter at Coffs Harbour Courthouse since Monday, will present his findings on December 13.

Sam Dibley, 23, died while a patient in the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Unit at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

He was taken off life support on May 23 after being found unconscious in his room after attempting to hang himself on May 20.

Sam Dibley's organs were donated by his family to assist others.

A document prepared by John Dibley about his son Sam's life was read to the coroner yesterday.

John Dibley said Sam Dibley had always been anti-violence and a gentle soul as well as being highly intelligent.

Loving music, he had a wide range of tastes and a good relationship with his nephew and his father.

"He was a loving son - we got on well in all areas except about his depression," Mr Dibley wrote.

"He wouldn't talk about it.

"If he had had proper treatment, he would have been a great asset to the community."



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