A BUSINESSMAN took his own life days after his partner moved out of their home, an inquest heard.

Daniel Lewis was found hanged in his conservatory in Mallard Gardens, Hedge End, by police after he had sent a string of messages to his partner.

Winchester Coroner’s Court heard the 32-year-old had a history of depression and anxiety, and had previously made a suicide attempt.

But his partner Clare Dunn, who he had been with for around a year, said she “never had any idea” he would take his own life.

The inquest heard that after Ms Dunn had moved out of their home on October 11, Mr Lewis messaged her several times trying to convince her to come back.

But on the day he died, two days later, he appeared to change his attitude.

Ms Dunn said he sent a message around 11am saying: “I have accepted it is over”.

“She added: To be honest, I didn’t believe him, I just thought he was trying a different tactic.”

She added she called the police after Mr Lewis sent an email to a relative later that afternoon which sparked concerns for his welfare.

When officers arrived at his home Mr Lewis had already died and a number of notes were found.

Mr Lewis’ mother Barbara, who did not attend the inquest, said in a statement he had been going through a stressful period with his business, as well as dealing with the end of his marriage to a previous partner.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, senior coroner Grahame Short said: “It’s clear [Ms Dunn] had moved out and Daniel wanted her to come back.

“The evidence indicates Daniel had struggled with depression in the past but at the time of his death he wasn’t receiving any treatment.

“[The notes] reflect the mental trauma he felt. He could not face the consequences of a second failed relationship.”