Dad-of-three (34) took his own life

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A father of three hanged himself from a tree that he used to play nearby as a child, an inquest heard.

But the sister of 34-year-old Benjamin Del McDonald wondered if his actions were a cry for help rather than a deliberate attempt at suicide.

Michaela Carr said her brother was a happy-go-lucky individual who had been diagnosed as suffering from depression in the summer of 2014.

But coroner Richard Taylor said letters from Mr McDonald’s GP revealed he had been receiving treatment for the condition for a number of years.

“He did not want to end his life. I think it was a cry for help. He had played by that tree as a child. Something must have upset him. He lived for his five-year-old daughter and thought the world of her,” Ms Carr said.

Mr McDonald, of Vaughan Street, Nelson, was found hanging from a tree off Gib Hill Road last November.

Joanne Almond, Mr McDonad’s ex-partner, said she had seen him on the day of his hanging and felt he was acting strangely,

“He was worried his benefits were going to be stopped and he would be evicted from his house,” she said.

Mr Taylor said matters were obviously preying on Mr McDonald’s mind when he was suffering from depression and reached a conclusion he had taken his own life.