AN electrician who hanged himself told no-one about his despair, an inquest heard.

Oliver Rusby, 26, was found at his flat on December 29 after police broke into his flat following concerns about his welfare.

Oliver had posted a farewell message on Facebook that alerted his friends, the hearing was told.

He had a history of depression and had spent five week in The Priory hospital in 2012 but more recently had suffered further bouts. At the time of death he was not on medication.

His flatmate and friend Macauley Stock said Oliver had moved into the flat on Angelica Way, Whiteley as a lodger in September 2018.

In a statement Mr Stock said; "I was aware Oli had mental health issues stemming from his separation with an ex-girlfriend who he was with for a long time. However he was doing well. He had lots of friends."

His death had come as a shock. "I have had much time to think about Oli's passing. If I had had any inclination he was going to do this I would have done everything in my power to help. There was no signs he was going to do this."

Oliver's mother Louise Cross, in a statement, said helping her son was difficult because he would deny anything was wrong.

PC Zoe Sawyers told the inquest she broke into the flat after Mr Stock raised concerns. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Senior coroner Grahame Short recorded a conclusion of suicide. "Oliver had a history of mental health problems. I find he had another bout of depression around Christmas and he did not tell anybody or seek help for his issues."

Mr Short expressed his sympathy to members of Oliver's family. "It must have been a horrific shock to you. I only hope this inquest has helped give a better understanding."