The spouse of Welsh politician Carl Sargeant has mentioned he was left “shell-shocked” by allegations of inappropriate behaviour that had been by no means correctly defined to him by the Labour Celebration.
Mr Sargeant, 49, was discovered lifeless at his residence in Connah’s Quay in Flintshire in November 2017 simply days after being dismissed as a minister in Cardiff.
Giving proof at his inquest in Ruthin, Bernie Sargeant mentioned her husband had phoned her from Cardiff after being known as for a cupboard reshuffle.
She mentioned: “I feel Carl’s phrases at first had been ‘I have been binned’.
“I mentioned ‘properly, that is OK, love, it is high quality’.
“He mentioned one thing about allegations and I mentioned ‘what do you imply?’ He mentioned ‘I do not know, I’ve acquired no concept’.”
She defined how she and her two kids then travelled to the Welsh capital to assist Mr Sargeant who was alone on the flat he used within the metropolis.
She mentioned: “He was devastated…it was simply an excessive amount of….he was shell-shocked there was no clear definition of what he had supposedly carried out, he did not know what to do.”
Mrs Sargeant described how her husband spent a lot of the weekend in mattress within the Cardiff flat earlier than they determined to journey again to Connah’s Quay.
On the Tuesday morning she had gone again as much as mattress after which got here downstairs mid-morning to seek out her husband’s physique and a be aware that he had written.
When the coroner requested why they hadn’t sought medical assist earlier than his loss of life she mentioned her intuition was simply to assist her husband by being there for him.
She mentioned she’d confronted him concerning the allegations on the Saturday whereas they had been in Cardiff.
She mentioned: “I used to be direct with him on that I mentioned have you ever carried out this?
“He mentioned ‘no’
“I nonetheless imagine he hasn’t carried out something,” she added.
She confirmed Mr Sargeant had beforehand been taking anti-depressant tablets however she had not been involved he would ever take his personal life.
She went on to explain the breakdown of the friendship between her husband and the person who sacked him – the previous first minister and Welsh Labour chief Carwyn Jones.
Mrs Sargeant described a “lack of mutual respect” that had developed between the 2 males: “I feel ultimately Carl felt let down by Carwyn as a result of Carl supported Carwyn to grow to be first minister.
“He felt typically he was blocked, not essentially by Carwyn, however by folks in Carwyn’s workforce.”
On the inquest on Monday, Mr Jones was accused of mendacity underneath oath on the inquest over claims he made about care supplied to Mr Sargeant after the dismissal.
The inquest continues.