Inquest told soldier ‘wanted to be in minor car crash to get some rest’

A soldier who went on to take his own life said he wanted to be in a minor road crash to get some rest, an inquest has heard.

Rifleman Darren Mitchell, 20, from London, was found hanged in his room at Abercorn Barracks in Ballykinler, Co Down on February 10, 2013.

His death came three months after 30-year-old Lance Corporal James Ross, from Leeds, was also found hanged in his room at the base on December 8, 2012.

Both men were serving with the Second Battalion the Rifles and had previously been…
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