Young father hanged himself after split

A YOUNG father “terrified of being alone” hanged himself at home after splitting up with his girlfriend.

At an inquest on Wednesday, coroner William Morris heard that Keri Britton (25) had a “terrible fear of rejection” stemming back to childhood issues.

Mr Britton was found hanged on October 19 at his home in Mill Close, Wisbech, by flatmate Timothy Chapman, just hours after breaking up with his girlfriend.

His former partner Emma Harris-Coyne, of Ramnoth Road, gave evidence at the hearing and said although they had not been together, they had been on good terms for the sake of their two sons.

Mr Britton had been in a new relationship that had just ended.

Mr Britton had a history of depression and had been prescribed anti-depressants. A keen member of the Territorial Army, he had wanted to go to Afghanistan but was downgraded because of his medication. Miss Coyne said he stopped taking his anti-depressants after that and went “cold turkey”.

Dr Martin Goddard, from Papworth Hospital, found a small amount of alcohol in Mr Britton’s blood – 15 milligrammes in 100 milligrammes of blood – but this could have been caused by fermentation rather than drinking prior to death.

The cause of death was given as hanging and Mr Morris ruled that Mr Britton killed himself.