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16:46 Thursday 12 April 2012  Written by Steve Scott

Man found hanged days after girlfriend split, inquest hears

gen_guildhallA 58-year-old man found hanged at his Cippenham home had split up with his girlfriend just days before, an inquest has heard.

Graham Dunstall, of Manor Court, hanged himself from the bannister and was found dead by ex-partner Helen Ayres on December 1 last year.

The pair had been in a relationship for about two years but Graham had broken it off just three days before killing himself.

Helen told an inquest at Windsor Guildhall today the split-up had taken her by surprise and she had tried unsuccessfully to change Graham's mind.

Days later she found him hanged by black electrical cable after visiting his house shortly after noon to pick up her belongings, at Graham's request.

Helen, who had not expected him to be at home, let herself into the house and discovered him after pushing open the lounge door.

She told the inquest: "He was the last person in the world I would've expected to take his own life."

Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said a toxicology report found only minimal amounts of alcohol in his body but a post-mortem examination showed bands of scar tissue on Graham's brain.

He said: "My understanding is that these infarcts are dead tissue formed naturally from some kind of stroke. It is possible these may have had an affect on his thought process and actions."

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

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