Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Marine Killed Himself after Steroid Abuse Led to 'Blind Rage' ; ?Weightlifter, 23, Who Suffered Problems after Leaving Forces Became Prone to Violent Temper Tantrums Caused by Taking Body-Building Drugs ??Weightlifter, 23, Who Suffered Problems after Leaving Forces Became Prone to Violent Temper Tantrums Caused by Taking Body- Building Drug

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ex-Marine Killed Himself after Steroid Abuse Led to 'Blind Rage' ; ?Weightlifter, 23, Who Suffered Problems after Leaving Forces Became Prone to Violent Temper Tantrums Caused by Taking Body-Building Drugs ??Weightlifter, 23, Who Suffered Problems after Leaving Forces Became Prone to Violent Temper Tantrums Caused by Taking Body- Building Drug

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AFORMER Royal Marine killed himself after his abuse of anabolic steroids to help him keep fit made him prone to violent temper tantrums.

John Salthouse, 23, had taken steroids every two weeks claiming it would help with his weightlifting - but the pills caused him to erupt into bouts of 'blind rage'.

During one incident, he choked his sister Charlene until she almost passed out after a minor row. Later, he threatened girlfriend Kimberley Challenor after she stopped him trying to 'do a deal' in a nightclub.

Miss Challenor subsequently had to call police when she found him in the bath in a drunken stupor with cuts to his legs wearing a Royal Marine beret and a ligature around his neck.

In August last year - just two days after seeing a doctor over his behaviour - John suffocated himself underneath a canal bridge near his home in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

An inquest heard that the upholsterer joined the Marines when he was a teenager but he left in 2014 following an incident of damage to a hotel and moved back home.

His father Graham Salthouse told the Stockport inquest: "He didn't seem happy at the end of his time in the Royal Marines and had some problems. He came back to live at the family home and it was around this time he became very serious about weightlifting.

'He had always been serious about gym training. I think his temper might have been to do with the drugs he was taking. Bodybuilding drugs appeared in the house - most were bought online from abroad. I was concerned about what affect they had on him physically and mentally. "There was an incident at the home which led to him being arrested and he had to stay away from the house. I didn't have much contact with him after that."

Miss Challenor who let John move in with her said: "We were at a party in Manchester and he got aggressive because I stopped him doing a deal in the club. …

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