AN inquest heard the harrowing details of how a young Huddersfield woman found her father's body after he committed suicide.
Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict of suicide on Darren Walker, of Marsh, at a Huddersfield inquest yesterday.
Mr Walker, 36, a self- employed builder, was found dead by his daughter, Sarah, at the family home in Smiths Avenue. He had hung himself with electrical cable.
His wife, Ann, said his enthusiasm for work had dwindled due to depression, which set in after a friend's suicide in September, 2002.
She said he often went to the pub after work and normally came home by 9.30pm.
On June 29, Mr Walker went to The Angel pub at Paddock around 1.30pm. He was joined by his wife and son Keith at 3.30pm.
The couple's other son, Stephen, was not present.
Sarah came to the pub with a friend at 5.30pm.
She said her father seemed fine, not drunk, and had been telling his friends she was going to make him a grandfather soon.
Mrs Walker went to a pub across the road with friends.
At 8pm, Sarah asked her father to go to the other pub and get her mother, who was getting quite drunk. The family eventually came home and Sarah asked her father for some money to get a taxi, as she was going back out.
When she returned at 11.15pm, the family were in bed. She got ready for bed, made her boyfriend some food and took it upstairs for him.
When she came back down, she noticed a downstairs light was on. She found her father hanging, with a flex round his neck.
She cut it, put him in the recovery position and tried to resuscitate him. Her boyfriend called an ambulance and woke Mrs Walker.
Mr Whittaker said that although Mr Walker showed no reason to kill himself, he was satisfied the manner of his death meant he intended to take his own life.