- Steroids caused John Salthouse to erupt into ‘blind rage’ towards people
- Girlfriend Kimberley Challenor once found him in bath in drunken stupor
- He choked his sister until she almost passed out after row over vacuum
- Sought help from doctor just days before he died in Greater Manchester
A former Royal Marine killed himself after his abuse of anabolic steroids to help him keep fit made him prone to violent mood swings, an inquest has heard.
John Salthouse, 23, had taken steroids every two weeks claiming they would help with his weight lifting – but the pills caused him to erupt into bouts of ‘blind rage’ towards his loved ones.
His girlfriend Kimberley Challenor once found him in their bath in a drunken stupor with blood on the walls, and on another occasion he choked his sister until she almost passed out after a minor row over a vacuum cleaner.
Mr Salthouse sought help from a doctor over his behaviour just days before he took his own life in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.
An inquest in Stockport heard the upholsterer, originally from Buxton in Derbyshire, had joined the Marines as a teenager and moved to Scotland where he was at Clyde Naval Base.
But he left the Armed Forces in 2014 following an incident of damage to a hotel and moved back home with his family.
His father Graham Salthouse said: ‘He didn’t seem happy at the end of his time in the Royal Marines and he had some problems in Scotland.
‘He came back to live at the family home with me and his sister and it was around this time he became very serious about weightlifting. He had always been serious about gym training.
‘I think his temper might have been to do with the drugs he was taking. Bodybuilding drugs appeared in the house, which were muscle building drugs, most of them were bought online from abroad.
‘I was concerned about what affect they had on him physically and mentally. There was an incident at the home which led to him being arrested and he had to stay away from the house.’
Miss Challenor, who subsequently let Mr Salthouse move in with her, said he became aggressive with her at a party in Manchester because she ‘stopped him doing a deal in the club’.
She added: ‘It was almost like he was in a blind rage. I also knew he was taking steroids around that time. We had never seen him like that before. I made the decision that we would be better off friends and he was remorseful and said sorry.
‘I assured him that he could stay as long as he wanted and he would be fine one moment and then turn the next. He took steroids every two weeks, I didn’t want him to do it and didn’t like him doing it.
‘One morning I was woken up by banging in the bathroom, I went in to see what was going on and there was blood on the walls. I called the police for help – I didn’t know what to do.
‘He didn’t say anything – he was crying and had been drinking in the bath. He had left me a note saying he was sorry. The police arrived and managed to get him.
‘It took two of them to hold him down and he was taken to hospital at that point. Later that evening I got a text from him saying they were keeping him in and could we talk.
‘I told him there were people who cared about him and he could stay at my house. His behaviour from that weekend was unlike anything I’d seen him like before. I had never seen him like that.’
Mr Salthouse was admitted to Tameside Hospital where he was treated by mental health staff but was discharged the next day and went back home to Miss Challenor before heading out to work. He was found dead at 5am the following morning by the emergency services.
Patricia Bardsley, a senior practitioner in mental health services, said: ‘He said he felt insecure in his relationship and said it had been fragile the last two months.
‘Two nights earlier he had made a number of derogatory remarks towards her and the next day she ended the relationship. He had suicidal thoughts. He was casual smart dressed and there was no evidence of self-neglect. He attended the gym daily which he enjoyed.’
Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Joanne Kearsley said: ‘John had a number of difficulties since he had come out of the Royal Marines and he himself admitted he had some difficulties with anger.
‘I think he is someone who acted very impulsively at that time when he was feeling quite low. I’m sure listening to the evidence is really difficult – he has so many family members and friends here.’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3471040/Ex-Royal-Marine-23-killed-abuse-steroids-try-fit-prone-violent-mood-swings.html