A WINCHESTER man who had been setting up a new website design business was found unconscious by his housemate after intentionally gassing himself, an inquest heard.

Manendran Moodley, commonly known as Manny, had a history of depression, for which he had been taking medication as well as sometimes using alcohol to self medicate.

However, Winchester Coroner’s Court heard he had stopped taking his anti-depressants around a week before his death on November 24.

The inquest heard that the death had come a shock to Mr Moodley’s family as he appeared to have been making plans for the future.

After leaving his job at Hampshire County Council and graduating from Winchester University, the 26-year-old had been working to set up a web design company in the weeks before his death.

Jacqui Davies, who described herself as like a second mother to Mr Moodley and spoke to him daily, added that his mood had seemed to be improving.

However, Mr Moodley was discovered unconscious in his room shortly after 2pm on November 24 by housemate Joshua Parker at their Hyde Street address after returning from work.

Mr Parker told the inquest that a note had been placed outside his bedroom door, which said “sorry” and to call 999.

Mr Parker then went into Mr Moodley’s bedroom where he was found unconscious, along with a Word document on his computer addressed to his family.

After calling the emergency services, Mr Parker was told to open a window and get out of the address until experts arrived. Despite attempts to revive Mr Moodley, he was confirmed dead at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital later that afternoon.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, senior coroner Grahame Short said: “It is clear he suffered from depression. There is a clear pattern of young people, particularly men, who are unwilling to accept there problems. I was heartened to hear evidence from Ms Davies that she was there for him.

“It’s very sad for the family and a great shock when it is completely unexpected.”