Jeremy Kyle ‘may have caused or contributed’ to the death of a guest on the show who died in a suspected suicide after failing a lie detector test, a pre-inquest review has heard.
Steve Dymond, 63, died of a morphine overdose and a heart problem at his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, seven days after he had filmed the episode – which never aired – last year.
He took a lie detector test during filming in a bid to prove he had not cheated on his ex-fiancee, Jane Callaghan, but failed.
Coroner Jason Pegg today made host Mr Kyle an ‘interested person’ at the inquest, stating the presenter ‘may have caused or contributed to the death of Mr Dymond’.
He added: ‘It might seem ludicrous not to have Mr Kyle to give evidence to give his take on the situation.’
Steven Dymond (left), 63, was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for Jeremy Kyle with his on-and-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan (right, with Mr Dymond)
Hampshire Coroner Jason Pegg said he had decided to make the presenter (pictured) an ‘interested person’ under the coroner’s rules in the case of Steve Dymond
Counsel for Mr Dymond’s family Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC told the Winchester hearing that Mr Dymond became ‘distressed’ after he failed the lie detector test.
Timeline of The Jeremy Kyle Show’s downfall
- May 2: Steven Dymond fails a lie detector test when appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show
- May 9: Mr Dymond’s body is found at his flat in Portsmouth, and paramedics later say he has been dead for days
- May 13: ITV pulls The Jeremy Kyle Show from its schedule and says it has been suspended indefinitely
- May 14: Pressure mounts on ITV from MPs to cancel the show
- May 15: ITV’s chief executive says the show has been axed for good
She said Mr Dymond had gone on the show to ‘prove his fidelity’, and had said: ‘I pushed and pushed but it all went wrong.’
Ms Gallagher said after the result was announced during filming, the audience ‘booed and jeered’ at him and he was ‘called a failure by the presenter’.
She said Mr Kyle was ‘in his face’ and even when he was ‘at the point of collapsing, he was still being heckled’.
She said Mr Dymond sought to leave through a side door but found it locked, and she added: ‘He couldn’t escape the heckling. He was on his hands and knees because he thought he was going to pass out from the stress.’
Ms Gallagher said his state of mind was known by the crew on the show, with a message sent on a WhatsApp group stating: ‘Just so you know, he’s still crying, he has just said he wishes he was dead. Just giving you the heads up.’
Ms Gallagher added: ‘While he was still on the programme, within minutes, he was talking about wishing he was dead.’
She said Mr Dymond called his brother as he was taken home by taxi from the show.
In a statement read to the hearing, Leslie Dymond said: ‘He seemed completely broken and frightened and told me he couldn’t go on living.’
The hearing was told Mr Dymond was originally turned down to appear on the show but was accepted as a guest after gaining a letter from his doctor.
Steve Dymond (pictured) took his life after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle show where he failed the ‘lie-detector test’
The inquest has heard he had been receiving mental health care from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Dymond’s death in May 2019 was caused by a morphine overdose and left ventricular hypertrophy, which is when the left chamber of the heart is not pumping properly, the inquest has heard.
The hearing continues.
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