Suicide tragedy of vicar's son

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THE adopted son of a Gosport vicar hanged himself using a dog lead after saying he felt 'trapped' in his gay relationship.

Robin Goodyer, who had a long history of depression, was found hanging from a bridge at Fort Grange in HMS Sultan last year.

The 31-year-old had been living with his partner David Millard, 58, since 1997 – but just two weeks before his death Robin had had an affair with work colleague Alan Vince.

The affair ended quickly and the pair agreed to remain friends.

Two days before he killed himself, Robin told his doctor he had felt depressed because he was 'trapped' in his current partnership.

Mr Goodyer, son of the Rev Ted Goodyer, rector of Alverstoke, was last seen leaving his home in Mayfield Road, Gosport, at 6.15am on Sunday, June 29.

He headed off on his bike to HMS Sultan where he worked as a silver service waiter.

An hour later, security officer Kevin Bradford discovered his body hanging from the bridge at the naval base.

Robin, who was said to be a 'very popular' employee at HMS Sultan, had been on anti-depressants for more than 10 years.

Deputy coroner Robert Stone recorded a verdict of suicide.