A YOUNG man found dead at Stokes Bay in Gosport on Christmas Eve had drowned, an inquest has heard.
The body of David Ellett, 22, of Clarendon Crescent, Warsash, was found washed up near the shore by a dogwalker close to the Bayside Cafe at about 9.20am on December 24 last year.
The inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard David worked at the Coop store in Park Gate and had completed his shift the day before.
He returned home and seemed happy, said his parents, Mary and Paul Ellett.
Notes were later found on David’s bed talking about how there was no hope in the world.
The inquest heard how David had developed obsessions about drinking water, as well as emptying bins as he did not want food to be thrown away.
A report from his GP, read out in court, said: ‘He said he wanted to die as there was no hope in the world because of pollution, waste and environmental disasters.’
Doctors believed he may have had Asperger’s Syndrome, but it was never fully diagnosed.
His dad Paul told the inquest: ‘He had two sides to him.
‘One side seemed to be okay, playing snooker with his friends.
‘We could never understand him all his life.
‘He was a little bit different to everybody else.’
He added: ‘He was a very happy person.’
Mrs Ellett added: ‘You would not believe he would do something like this.
‘We thought things were going well.’
Mr Ellett said his son gave lots of money to charity as he wanted to help people.
Coroner David Horsley said: ‘I think what has happened is because of his illness.
‘He’s taken his own life while suffering from long-term psychiatric illness.
‘It’s a shame he’s been dogged with this all his life.
‘I feel very sorry for him.
‘I also feel sorry for you (the family) having to go through that and never getting to the bottom of it.’