A MAN working in Spain hanged himself after a drunken row over a broken door, Leeds Coroner's Court was told.

Christopher Moody, 20, was found hanging in his apartment on the Costa del Sol, where he had been working as a casual building labourer.

Mr Moody, of Woodlands Drive, Leeds, had been drinking heavily with flatmate, Lee Cortes, of Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, in the village of Calahonda on September 20, 2003. Mr Cortes, 22, had decided to return to the apartment but as he had no key, he tried to break the front door lock.

He succeeded only in breaking it before he forced a window and went to bed.

When Mr Moody returned with the key, he found it would not work in the lock, so he kicked the lower part of the door down and woke his friend.

Mr Cortes told Leeds Coroner's Court: "He was really steaming about it, but I told him to leave it till the morning, and we'd sort it out then. I went back into my room and locked the door so he couldn't keep nagging me."

When he awoke he found Mr Moody hanging.

Mr Cortes said although Mr Moody had been struggling to find work, he was not depressed and had not meant to kill himself, despite saying he would rather die than return to England.

Coroner David Hinchliff recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.