Tragedy of South Harting publican who was found dead

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THE death of a pub landlord who was found hanged was accidental, a coroner ruled.

Peter Davies, 37, the landlord of the White Hart in South Harting, near Petersfield, was discovered hanged by his fiancee Hayley Thomas, 27.

An inquest at Chichester Magistrates’ Court heard the couple had been forced to give notice on the pub for financial reasons.

Miss Thomas said: ‘He was devastated. He always wanted to run a pub, it was his dream.’

He was found dead at 12.53am on May 21. Miss Thomas found a note saying: ‘I have known for a while but tonight it was confirmed.’

She believed the note could have referred to his relationship with other villagers.

Michael Kendall, assistant coroner, said there had to be clear evidence Mr Davies intended to die.

He said: ‘He wrote a note saying he knew for sometime but the only evidence I have is to do with his relationship with the village.

‘It’s not clear information from that note that he actually intended to die.’