Hanged man was haunted by memories
A HULL man who was haunted by memories of being abused as a child was found hanged from a tree by his neighbour.
Jason Stephenson, 37, had a history of depression and was taking anti-depressants when he was found dead in the communal gardens outside his home in Hebden Avenue, east Hull, in February.
An inquest heard Mr Stephenson was assaulted in Hull city centre several years ago, which had triggered memories of being abused during his childhood.
Mr Stephenson left his job soon after and stopped socialising.
His mother, Pauline Stephenson, said: "He was a happy child and did well at school.
"He was a sociable person and had lots of friends, but it wasn't until he was 30 that we found out he'd been abused."
After the assault, Mr Stephenson had tried to take his life several times, Hull Coroner's Court heard.
On one occasion he took an overdose of sleeping tablets and threatened to jump out of a window.
Mrs Stephenson said: "I knew he would do it one day."
The last time Mrs Stephenson heard from her son was the night before his death, on February 16, when the pair sent text messages about an awards ceremony on television.
Neighbour Steven Maesepp discovered his body the next morning.
He said: "First I thought it was someone hiding, then I thought it was a Guy Fawkes dummy and it was some kids' sick joke.
"It was nagging at me so I went round the fence to see, then realised what it was and called 999."
Anti-depressants, tranquillisers and alcohol were found in his blood.
Assistant deputy coroner Paul Stott said he could not be sure he intended to kill himself and recorded a narrative verdict that "Mr Stephenson died from hanging as a result of an accident".
The Coroners' Court Support Service