Depressed man built guillotine in secret

A DEPRESSED Sheffield man secretly built a home-made guillotine at his home before killing himself, an inquest heard. Dave Clarke

The body of Kevin Brunie, 42, was found by shocked police officers at his ground-floor flat in Southey Avenue, Longley, in January after neighbours raised the alarm after hearing his dog barking.

Police found the body of the father-of-two lying face down beside a cupboard which contained a guillotine made of wood with a pulley and blade set in a block.

Coroner Chris Dorries said Mr Brunie had been decapitated and died instantly.

In a statement read at the inquest Mr Brunie's ex-partner Bernice Walton said Mr Brunie began suffering from depression 12 years ago and had been "sectioned" under the Mental Health Act on several occasions.

He spent time in hospital and was prescribed drugs for manic depression.

He moved to live on his own but she continued to visit him daily as his carer.

But 18 months ago his condition deteriorated and he began hearing voices and on one occasion asked how he could get hold of a gun. When she asked if he was going to harm himself he replied: "No, call it euthanasia."

She said that shortly before he died he bought lengths of wood which he said were to build shelves at his home .

"He said 'You can see it when it is done and it will be a surprise'," she said.