A 55-year-old man killed himself after battling depression and anxiety, an inquest heard yesterday.

Howard Hodson, of Church Lane in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, was found hanged in an outbuilding at his home on June 3.

Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard how the unemployed taxi driver had previously taken a prescription drug overdose and had been in mental health professionals’ care.

His wife of 22 years, Josephine, said in a statement read in court he had been in a “normal” mood and had texted her throughout the day before he died.

She returned home at 5.25pm and found a note telling her to call her sister and not to enter the outbuilding. Mrs Hodson called the police, who found his body alongside suicide notes.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

Our top stories

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.