A MAN killed his wife with a hammer and hanged himself after becoming depressed about debt, an inquest heard.

John Carroll, 54 had borrowed more than £100,000, and monthly debt repayments amounted to more than £2,000 a month. He was also concerned he would be made redundant.

The hearing was told that his wife Linda, also 54, had tried to fight off a knife attack before being killed with a hammer at their home in Altham.

The family are considering legal action against the Priory Hospital in Preston. It released John following treatment after he had made an earlier attempt on his wife’s life.