By Eric King-
A Jeremy Kyle Show guest who committed suicide was told he needed to stop taking anti-depressants in order to take the show’s dodgy lie-detector test, but was offered no professional help after.
Representatives of the defunct popular Itv told Mps earlier in the year that the lie detector was at best 66% accurate and that there would have been guests who had been shamed as liars after failing the lie detector test, even though they my have actually been telling the truth.
He reportedly told a researcher “I wish I was dead”, an inquest hearing has heard.
Steve Dymond, 63, who committed suicide about a week after taking a polygraph test on the confrontational daytime show, had told a researcher: ”I wish I was dead.
At a pre-inquest review at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court on Monday, it was revealed he had stopped taking prescribed anti-depressants in order to take the lie-detector test, she told the court, and “after his cruel shaming he did not get the appropriate support from the aftercare team”.
Barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher described him as a very vulnerable man who did not care any support from the aftercare team.The inquest also heard that the amount of time between the suggestion of Mr Dymond appearing on the show and the filming of the episode, which was never aired, was a “very short” 72-hour period.
“For a decision so potentially life-changing, there is no equivalent. There is no cooling off. You are jumped on very quickly,” Ms Gallagher said.Mr Dymond, a construction worker, was found dead in his room in Portsmouth on 9 May after splitting from fiancee Jane Callaghan.
A full inquest is expected next April.