Tragic end to man, 32, with broken heart — (The Portsmouth News)

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The Portsmouth News

Updated on the 04 September  2009 

An inquest heard how Martin Lewis had been suffering with depression for seven months after his son was taken to Egypt with a former partner, his grandfather died and he had split up with a girlfriend.

 He had been prescribed anti-depressant Citalopram by his GP but his mother Pamela Booth told the inquest she did not think he had been taking it.

She said: ‘He was heartbroken.

‘I saw him go from a nice young man to a shivering wreck and it was not nice because I couldn’t save him.’

Police were called to Thatchers Copse, Titchfield, about 8am on March 17 by dog walkers who found Mr Lewis hanging from a tree. His vehicle was found nearby.

Mrs Booth told the Portsmouth inquest: ‘On the night we had a cup of tea and a chat and at 10pm he said he was going to his friend Kevin’s.

‘He said “Mam I love you and I’m sorry” as he left.

‘He usually texted me but he didn’t and I got worried. I waited up until 4am but as soon as the police phoned me I knew it was (about) my son.

‘He had never tried to harm himself before but I think it was all too much too soon. He thought that no-one loved him.’

Mr Lewis, who was 32 when he died, left eight suicide notes on his bed.

Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire coroner David Horsley recorded a verdict that Mr Lewis had taken his own life while suffering from depression.

He said: ‘From the evidence I have got it is quite clear what the intention was, so I have to record that he has taken his own life while suffering from depression.’