Tragedy of man found hanged after night out

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Southsea teenager found after going missing for four days

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A MAN was found hanged after an argument which took place during a night out drinking with friends.

Jon-Paul Sutton had been out with friends at Little Johnny Russells in Albert Road on December 30 last year.

The 29-year-old was discovered hanged in his bedroom in Elphinstone Road, Southsea, the following morning by his flatmate Charles Thompson.

Mr Sutton had been drinking in the pub with a group including Mr Thompson and friend Claire French, an inquest at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.

At around 7.30pm Mr Thompson left the pub to return to the flat while the friends carried on drinking.

Later on in the evening, Mr Sutton and Miss French got into an argument about her relationship with Mr Thompson, and he left the pub and walked home.

Miss French told the court: ‘We were there for a bit and we had a few drinks and then Charlie left. We carried on drinking. Everything was fine, we were just chatting and laughing.

‘Then we got into a bit of an argument. He got a little bit angry. I walked out to the back because some of the stuff that he said was a bit upsetting. He wasn’t angry aggressive. I left at that point.’

The group had been drinking a mixture of drinks including shots.

A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Sutton was three times over the legal limit for driving.

But friends and family told the coroner that his behaviour was uncharacteristic and he hadn’t been on any medication or suffered from depression.

Mr Thompson had been up early on December 31 organising a party to celebrate the new year. After a few hours, when Mr Sutton still hadn’t been seen, Mr Thompson knocked on his door and discovered his body.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and south east Hampshire, said: ‘He’s got no history of depression or self harm.

‘I think what we have here is a young man who has got very drunk, had no judgement, and has done this.

‘The very fact that he has got so drunk has clouded his judgement. He hasn’t known what he was doing.

‘It’s an awful waste of a young man’s life.

‘He was a successful man who had so much to look forward to.’