Hanged man had history of illness

A severely depressed man had suicidal thought days before he hanged himself in woodland.

Michael James Judd, 59, of Locks Heath, fled home in his red Ford with a length of orange rope, intent on killing himself, a coroner's court heard.

He hanged himself from a tree in a wooded area near Priory Park, Locks Heath.

A dog walker found him shortly after 9am on June 11, 2008, and called the police.

It is believed he would have lost consciousness after a few seconds and a pathologist said he died through oxygen deprivation.

The coroner's court also heard Mr Judd had revealed suicidal thoughts to his mother and a neighbour just days before and had tried on several occasions over previous months to overdose on painkillers and prescription pills.

He had complained of severe pains and twitches in his legs, but after years of analysis and treatment, doctors had failed to get to the bottom of the problem and GP Dr Stephen Whittaker advised him to seek psychological help, which Mr Judd refused.

At Portsmouth's Guildhall coroner David Horsley recorded a ruling of suicide due to depression.

The coroner passed his condolences to the family, represented by his mother Doreen Judd and cousin John Blackburn.

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