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01:00, 9 JUL 2003
A TROUBLED father hanged himself after finally realising he would never rekindle the relationship he had with the mother of his son, an inquest heard.
Nigel Malpas, a 34-year-old travel agent, was involved in establishing a new branch of Quest Travel in Mumbles, Swansea.
An inquest in the city was told yesterday that a row took place at the travel agency last March between Mr Malpas and his estranged former partner Sian Thomas.
Days later Mr Malpas was found hanging at the home in Park Street, Mumbles, where he was living with a friend.
Swansea and Gower Coroner Richard Morgan yesterday recorded a verdict of suicide.
The inquest was told Mr Malpas met Ms Thomas, originally from Pontarddulais, while they were both working for a travel firm in Surrey.
They became lovers in 1997 and had a child, Charlie.
They moved to South Wales in 2000 and set up home at Castle Avenue in Mumbles.
PC Richard Jeavons, who investigated Liverpool-born Mr Malpas’s death, said he suffered from mood swings and became stressed and depressed about his job.
He said Mr Malpas’s mood swings and depression put a strain on the relationship.
The couple decided to separate and Mr Malpas shared a house with a friend, Paul Whittaker, in Park Street.
But the inquest was told that Mr Malpas continually contacted Ms Thomas by telephone asking her to give the relationship another chance.
PC Jeavons said Mr Malpas became particularly upset when he found Ms Thomas with a new boyfriend at Castle Avenue when calling there in a drunken state.
Mr Malpas began to drink more and was taking Prozac to counter depression.
He was arrested on one occasion after causing a disturbance outside Ms Thomas’s home and was eventually made the subject of an anti-harassment order and told to stay away from her.
After Mr Malpas breached the order a row took place at Mr Malpas’s place of work.
PC Jeavons said after the confrontation it must have become clear to Mr Malpas he could never return to a relationship with Ms Thomas.
Mr Malpas’s body was found by Mr Whittaker at the home they shared after he returned from a business trip.