A FATHER of three found hanged at his home intended to take his own life, a coroner has ruled.

Lee Hoar, 39, of Crawford Road, in Newton Aycliffe, died on Monday, May 13, of this year following a decade of depression.

The inquest, held at Crook Coroner’s Court, heard that Mr Hoar had a history of self-harm and had struggled with the loss of his sister to cancer and friend Jamie Buck, who died in December 2018, following a battle with bipolar disorder, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mr Hoar was sectioned under the Mental Health Act two years ago.

Recording a verdict of suicide, senior assistant coroner, Oliver Crispin, said: “From what is included in the evidence it paints a picture that Mr Hoar was a man who was from time to time troubled.

“It is clear that Mr Hoar was loving and was loved by all of his family and friends.”

Police and paramedics attended the residence of Mr Hoar on the evening of Monday, May 13, after his friend and a former partner rushed to his address following concerns he had not been seen.

The pair both attempted CPR on Mr Hoar until paramedics arrived on scene but were unable to resuscitate him.

Following his death an internal review was held by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

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