Man hung himself after leaving suicide note

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 March 2011

Mr Horton's body was found by his partner

Mr Horton's body was found by his partner

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A WESTON man committed suicide by hanging himself in his house, having left a suicide note for his partner, a coroner has ruled.

James Horton’s partner Donna Chiles had left the 27-year-old at their Newton Road home on August 5, when she received a garbled telephone call from him, and rushed home.

She found him in an upstairs room, hanging from a loft, with a dog leads choke chain around his neck.

Despite Miss Chiles trying to ease the pressure on his neck by standing him on a chair, and a builder working next door cutting him down, he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Mr Horton had moved to Weston from Birmingham last February to live with Miss Chiles, who said that he had been ‘happy’ when she had left him on the morning of August 5.

Miss Chiles, who had given birth to a daughter, Louise, with unemployed Mr Horton, and was expecting their second child, left him at home with their white German Shepherd dog to meet her parents at 12.30pm.

She said that she later received a text message from her boyfriend, which said “Love you”, before he called her at around 2.24pm.

She said that when she picked up the phone, the only noise she could make out was a ‘gurgling’, while Mr Horton did not respond to her when she asked him what was the matter.

She said she rushed home immediately, looking through the downstairs rooms of the home before going upstairs, where she found him hanging from a loft in a small room at the back of the property.

After trying to support his neck by standing his body on a chair, she went out onto the street and got Duncan Smith, a builder renovating a neighbouring house, to try and get him down, and he cut Mr Horton down so paramedics could check on him.

A police report at the inquest said that his mobile phone was on the floor by him, as if he had dropped it or thrown it, and that he had left a note for Miss Chiles in the home’s master bedroom.

The inquest also heard reports from a psychiatrist and Mr Horton’s GP, who said that he had a history of psychosis and depression, and that he had previously tried to overdose on a cocktail of prescription drugs in 2009.

Coroner Phillip Howells recorded a verdict of suicide at the inquest, held at Flax Bourton on March 9.

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