A “caring and loving” football agent took his own life after splitting from his girlfriend, an inquest has revealed. Dominic Yarwood was found hanged in woodland near the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel golf course in Salford on December 16 last year.
An inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court found the 32-year-old’s relationship with his partner had broken down in the days leading up to his death. Dominic, who lived in Worsley but was originally from London, began dating the young woman in August last year.
However, their relationship began to deteriorate after a “misunderstanding” at a social event on December 12. As evidence, the woman stated she was leaving the event to meet up with friends when Dominic saw a man she knew leaving at the same time as her.
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She said he initially thought they were going together, but she assured him that wasn’t the case. The woman said she “assumed everything was fine” until the next evening when she received a call from a “desperate” Dominic.
During their conversation, she said he addressed the misunderstanding again and told her he was considering a trip to Dubai. The woman told the inquest she was “angry” that he brought it up and told him she was “not in the right headspace” to speak as she was at a friend’s flat.
“He was very upset,” she added. “I told him I’ll give him some time.”
The next day Dominic phoned his father Raymond and asked him to travel up from London to stay with him. “He seemed very upset and seemed to be struggling,” Mr Yarwood told the inquest.
Mr Yarwood came to his son’s house later that evening and said that while Dominic appeared upset he did not say why. The next day, they visited the Trafford Center together before stopping at a Co-op store on their way home.
Mr Yarwood said he went to the store and left Dominic in the car. When he returned to the vehicle, his son was nowhere to be seen. Mr Yarwood told the hearing he then received a text message from his son saying he was at a nearby doctor’s office.
dr Laura Whitelaw, a general practitioner at Ellenbrook Medical Center, said Dominic arrived at the office “in tears” and asked to see a doctor about his mental health. She agreed to see him and said he revealed he “broke up” with his girlfriend a few days earlier and has been feeling “flat and empty” ever since.
dr Whitelaw added that Dominic asked for medication to help ease the feelings, but she told him she couldn’t prescribe one as his symptoms weren’t “long-term”. Although Dominic admitted to having thoughts of ending his life, he denied any intention or plans to do so, she told the inquest. A follow-up appointment was scheduled two weeks later.
After leaving the practice, Mr Yarwood said his son told him he “didn’t feel the doctors were listening to him”. He told the inquest he and his son spent the evening watching football together before going to bed around midnight.
The following afternoon, Dominic and his girlfriend met at a cafe in Manchester city center to speak “face to face”, the hearing was told. During the meeting, the woman said she told Dominic she would not be accompanying him to a meal he had booked that evening and told him she planned to pick up her belongings from his home later that week.
“I made it clear I didn’t cut it off,” she added. “That was my statement that I don’t think it’s right to have all my stuff in your house.”
After leaving the cafe, the woman said Dominic drove her to a hair appointment but described the drive as “terrible”. “Not much was said,” she told the inquest. “I cried and he cried.
“As I was about to get out of the car, I asked him if I could see him on Friday. He didn’t answer me.
“He was crying so I went to hold him. He asked me to get off him and out of the car, which I did.”
Returning home that same afternoon, Mr Yarwood said his son was “upset”. “He went upstairs and changed and came down and said he was going for a walk,” he explained. “I offered to go with him but he said he just wanted some fresh air.”
The hearing was told Dominic then returned home before leaving again around 7pm. Mr Yarwood said his son called upstairs before he left to say he was “getting back out into the fresh air”.
About 25 minutes later, Mr Yarwood received an email titled “Goodbye” that Dominic had sent to family and friends. Mr Yarwood and Dominic’s girlfriend called the police and a major search was launched.
Dominic’s body was found in the woods on the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel golf course the next morning. The pathologist Dr. Neil Papworth said an autopsy revealed his cause of death as “hanging”.
Police coroner Stefan Wilson told the inquest that analysis of Dominic’s phone showed he had conducted a series of internet searches to end his own life in the days leading up to his death.
Coroner Stephen Teasdale, who charted a conclusion of “suicide,” said he believed Dominic intended to end his own life. The coroner said it was clear he was in a bad mood following the “breakdown” of his relationship.
“Relationships fail, so I don’t judge or criticize that,” added Mr. Teasdale. “He was perhaps particularly vulnerable because he seemed to feel his emotions more than others and felt them intensely. That may have made him particularly unhappy in the end.”
Following the inquest, Dominic’s mother Pam paid tribute to her “caring and loving” son. “Our son was an exceptional young man and we are very proud of him,” she said.
“He was so loved. He was just so full of love and so good at his job. He was a real football anorak. He went to war for his players and really cared about them.”
After Dominic’s tragic death, dozens of heartfelt tributes flooded in for the football agent, who worked for Elite Management Agency. In a tweet, the agency said, “Dom, you’ll never know how much you’ll be missed.
“A great friend, agent and team member. You have helped Elite get to where it is today and without you it will never be the same. Sending all of our love and support to your family and friends. #RIP #dom. “
Several footballers including Manchester City players also paid tribute to Dominic. Defense attorney Kyle Walker shared a picture on Instagram, describing it as his “rock”. He said: “I can’t believe I’m writing this but you will always be in my heart and remembered by so many others Dom.
“You were my rock in hard times and I will never forget you. God has gained another angel and a very special one in you my friend.”
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