Carl Sargeant

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Carl Sargeant was discovered useless after an investigation was launched into his conduct

A Welsh Authorities minister discovered hanging, days after being sacked, instructed his driver “I’ve introduced it on myself”, an inquest has heard.

Carl Sargeant, 49, was found useless at his house in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, on 7 November final 12 months.

The Labour AM had been accused of behaving inappropriately in the direction of girls, which he denied.

The listening to was instructed ministerial driver Calvin Williams heard Mr Sargeant say: “It is my very own fault.”

Giving proof on day 4 of the inquest, Mr Williams mentioned he was despatched to Cardiff Central Station to select up AMs Mr Sargeant and Lesley Griffiths, earlier than taking them to Welsh Authorities workplaces in Cathays Park on three November final 12 months.

He mentioned Mr Sargeant appeared “fairly chirpy” on the morning he dropped him off on the workplaces earlier than rising 15 minutes later trying “very quiet”.

Mr Williams mentioned: “I requested him ‘is all okay?’ He mentioned ‘no, I am gone’.”

On 7 November, following Mr Sargeant’s dying, Mr Williams mentioned he made a be aware of the dialog he had had with Mr Sargeant 4 days beforehand.

His notes mentioned that as Mr Sargeant left the automobile, he mentioned: “It is OK. It is my very own fault. I’ve introduced it on myself.”

Carl Sargeant inquest at look

  • Mr Sargeant discovered hanging after being sacked as a cupboard minister for the Welsh Authorities
  • His dismissal got here after allegations that he acted inappropriately in the direction of girls – one thing he strongly denied
  • Mr Sargeant left a letter apologising to his household and telling them: “I’ve failed you.”
  • Inquest instructed two “tangible complaints” made towards the Labour AM in October 2017
  • First Minister Carwyn Jones gave proof on day three
  • Mr Jones says he didn’t not know Mr Sargeant suffered from despair
  • Welsh Labour chief additionally defended determination to not inform Mr Sargeant who his alleged accusers had been.

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Jack Sargeant together with his mom Bernadette arriving on the inquest

Mr Williams mentioned {that a} “day or two” later he was driving the First Minister Carwyn Jones and talked about the dialog he had with the late Mr Sargeant.

Requested what Mr Jones’ response was, Mr Williams mentioned: “He did not actually give one. He was fairly quiet after which he mentioned ‘do you thoughts if I share this with others?'”

Inside a few days, Mr Williams mentioned he was requested to go to the workplace of senior civil servant Peter Greening with one other member of workers, the place he handed over the be aware.

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Mr Sargeant’s physique was discovered within the utility room of his home in Connah’s Quay

The inquest, which is going down in Ruthin, additionally heard that safety workers on the Welsh Meeting had been requested to vary the entry rights to Mr Sargeant’s key card hours after he had misplaced his job.

Craig Stephenson, director of engagement for the Nationwide Meeting for Wales, mentioned the primary workers heard about Mr Sargeant’s dismissal got here by way of social media.

Mr Stephenson additionally mentioned the late politician didn’t contact a “help crew” which is obtainable for AMs.

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