Amazon delivery driver who ‘hated’ his job took his own life as he ‘couldn’t cope’

Delivery driver Matt Scannell, 25, had spiraling debts and a cocaine addiction when he left his home, warning his girlfriend the police would ‘find his body’

The court heard Matt Scannell was 'overwhelmed' by his role and 'couldn't cope'
The court heard Matt Scannell was ‘overwhelmed’ by his role and ‘couldn’t cope’

An Amazon delivery driver who ‘hated’ his job took his own life after struggling with his mental health, an inquest heard.

Matt Scannell, 25, told friends and family he ‘couldn’t cope’ amid spiraling debts and a cocaine addiction in the months leading up to his death in September 2021.

His girlfriend, Emma Davies, told an inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court he died before the birth of her baby daughter shortly, Lancs Live reported.

She added she once had to stop him from harming himself as he ‘couldn’t cope’.

She said: “I used to cry a lot.

“He used to borrow money off me and my dad but it wasn’t until July that I found out about his cocaine habit.”

I used to hide his post. There were bills he didn’t want to open. I used to say to him ‘speak to the companies, they’ll let you sort out a payment plan’.

“He hated his job. He found it overwhelming, the amount of parcels and the timescale he was expected to deliver them in.

“I didn’t think he was going to do it. I took my focus completely off my children. I always said to him ‘it’s not too late, you have so much to live for’ and he was so looking forward to my daughter being born and meeting her.

“She’s five months now and she never got to meet him.”

During the inquiry Matt’s family raised concerns about his relationship with Emma and claimed she had “controlled” and “manipulated” him but she denied this.

Emma Davies told Preston Coroner’s Court she tried to get Matt help



The inquest heard that on the night of September 1, last year Matt left the home he shared with Emma in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancs, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time, and told her: “The police will find my body.”

The next morning she reported him missing and police found his body at around 10am in a wooded area between Fleetwood and cleveleys .

She added: “I know I am being blamed for his death but I tried to get him help.

“I expected him to walk back through the door. When he left the house I just disconnected; my head was in a different place. I was struggling with my own mental health.

“I didn’t think he would do it.”

Assistant Coroner Laura Nash concluded Matt’s death was a suicide.

She said: “Matt was a young man who liked music, liked driving and as his mum said ‘was too good for this earth’.

“He was one of four siblings and he clearly was a sensitive soul who took things to heart. He didn’t want counseling and only sought help from his GP in the weeks before his death.

“He didn’t sound like he was particularly happy, whether that was in his relationship or his work, and he wasn’t in a good place mentally.”

After the inquest Matt’s mum told LancsLive: “Matt had a beautiful soul and was simply too good for this world.

“He is shining bright with all the music he could ever dream of now.

“Forever loved and remembered by his family and his friends.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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