A CONVICTED sex offender killed himself - and left a note protesting his innocence.
A Huddersfield inquest heard how Thomas Albert Smith, 78, was found dead at his home in Fernside Avenue, Almondbury, on March 11.
It was just a month after he was spared jail by the Appeal Court.
In February, the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, had urged the Appeal Court to jail Smith for indecently assaulting two teenage girls in 1978.
Lord Justice Mantell agreed that the two-year suspended jail term given by Bradford Crown Court judge Roger Scott was too light.
But he said there was little point jailing Smith, due to his ill-health.
Smith suffered from heart problems and chronic lung disease.
He had also suffered strokes.
At the inquest yesterday assistant deputy coroner Dr James Adeley recorded a verdict of suicide on Smith.
The inquest heard how one of his two sons, David Cameron, found his father's body.
Smith had visited his son at work on March 9 and given him a bag of personal items to keep safe.
Mr Cameron visited his father the next day and left at 4.30pm.
The day after, March 11, Mr Cameron's brother, Gary Smith, asked him to visit their father, as he had been unable to contact him.
Mr Cameron entered his father's house and found him lying next to the bed, covered in blood and with cut wrists.
A pathologist said he died as a result of the radial artery in his left wrist being cut.
There was blood in the bedroom and bathroom, where police found a kitchen knife next to the toilet.
Notes made by Smith were found on the back of a large black and white photo of him and his family.
The note indicated that he intended to kill himself. It also said he was innocent of the indecent assaults.
The offences were said to have taken place when the girls were 11 and 12.
Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault.
Nine other charges - including allegations of rape and indecent assault - were ordered to lie on the file.