THE jury has retired to consider its conclusion into the death of Terence Andrew Bennett.

The 44-year-old, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and manic depression, was Tasered by police at his parents’ bungalow in Hillwood Close, Warminster after cutting his wrists and throat.

CPR was performed but he died at the scene at about 12.30am on October 27, 2016.

The inquest heard Mr Bennett’s mother said that she believed her son’s threat of suicide and that he had told her he would “rather be dead than under the mental health”.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 his mother found her son with a quantity of paracetamol and “all the medication he could find”. But when she tried to call for help, her son pulled out a small multi-tool and threatened to stab her. He put it to his throat.

Mrs Bennett said that she had no doubt that her son intended to take his own life but said it could have been a threat.

The following morning Mrs Bennett called the mental health crisis team. She called a number of times and left messages saying her son had tried to kill himself.

Nurses came to the house to assess Mr Bennett. He said that his “horrible death was a punishment for the things that he had done” and said he was responsible for the abduction of Maddy McCann and 9/11".

The inquest heard they offered Mr Bennett an informal admission to hospital which he refused.

Mrs Bennett recalled the nurses saying they would send a doctor and a social worker. She said she felt “abandoned” when the nurses left.

Terry’s care co-ordinator was also off sick that day.

Later that evening police responded to a 999 call, which was made by one of Mrs Bennett’s neighbours after she came to their door in a “distressed state” and covered in blood after her son had cut his wrists.

The inquest heard he made it clear to officers that he would “fight to the death” if they tried to enter. It also heard that the Taser was ideal to use in these circumstances as it provided a way to incapacitate someone from a safe distance.

The cause of death given by the pathologist was a wound to the neck, which was described as “particularly severe”. Coronary artery disease was also a contributing factor to his death.

The post mortem examination found no evidence he had been assaulted or that excessive force had been used to subdue Mr Bennett.

In summing up evidence from mental health expert Professor Poole, Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said: "Although Professor Poole could not say that Terry's life probably would have been saved if appropriate action had been taken on October 26, 2016, Terry probably would not have died when he did, had proper action been taken by those responsible for his care. Put another way the cumulative effect of the errors and omissions contributed to his death."

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust has carried out a review to "learn lessons" after the death of Mr Bennett, the inquest heard.

The jury is considering its conclusion.

The inquest continues.