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Man hanged himself after relationship broke down, inquest told

An inquest into the death of Jonathan Stickland, who was found dead in Farnborough woodland on July 5, heard he had been suffering from mental health problems

Jonathan Stickland

A man who hanged himself in Farnborough woodland was suffering from mental health problems which caused a relationship to "fall apart", an inquest has heard.

Jonathan Stickland, 28, was found dead in woods off Kennels Lane, Southwood, on Saturday July 5 at around 3.45pm.

Kent Police had launched a search for Mr Stickland after he was reported missing from Northampton two days before his body was discovered.

At the inquest into his death, held at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (September 3), coroner Andrew Bradley recorded a verdict of suicide.

In a written statement from Mr Stickland's mother, Ann Ricketts, which was read out at the inquest, she said her son had a "difficult childhood" after his father "developed mental health problems".

The inquest was told how ex-mortgage advisor Mr Stickland had been living in Northampton.

His mother's statement added: "He began a relationship which lasted for about five years which was good for him, but that began to fall apart because of his mental health problems."

Mr Stickland was "hearing voices" and taking medication for anxiety, the inquest was told.

His mother, who lives in Kent, said her son planned to relocate from Northampton but didn't turn up when he was supposed to move into a flat.

"After that happened, it was the last I heard from him," added Ms Ricketts.

When police discovered Mr Stickland "hanging by a belt from a tree branch" there were "signs of decomposition", the inquest heard.

Dr Asmat Mustajab, from Basingstoke Hospital, said the cause of death was asphyxia.

 

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