Man died after long battle with depression

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A FATHER who was depressed and had suffered from alcohol abuse was found hanged at his flat, a coroner heard.

Richard Lavin, 43, was found hanging from his loft at his home in Dolphin Court, Stubbington, by his ex-partner and his brother on January 14.

Mr Lavin had split from his partner 18 months earlier but still kept in touch as he spent time with their children.

His ex-partner, Terri Brewster, said: ‘He wanted desperately to give up drinking but he just couldn’t.’

David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, said: ‘In these circumstances you can only feel sorry for him.

‘He had been suffering from an illness.

‘It is obvious he has done it himself with the intention of taking his own life.

‘He suffered from alcohol problems and he suffered from depression.

‘Everybody struggled to help him and he struggled to help himself. It’s an illness which is very difficult to overcome. I wish I could rewind the clock.’

Mr Horsley recorded a verdict that Mr Lavin had taken his own life.