Painter took his own life after ‘obsessing’ over why relationship broke down

A painter and decorator took his own life after becoming "obsessed" about why his relationship broke down.

Paul Chatterton, 29, was found dead in his home in Hull just weeks after breaking up with his ex-girlfriend.

An inquest heard that Paul had told his mum, Lesley, that he would be round for tea "if she was doing Yorkshire Puddings", but he never turned up.

Beverley-born Paul and his girlfriend had met in April 2013 and were a couple by June 2019 but later split in April 2020, Hull Daily Mail reported.

Following their split, Paul had become tormented with why he had been dumped, and constantly quizzed friends and family about his relationship.

His mum said he was "devastated with the breakup and would continuously analyse how the relationship ended."

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Paul, who worked as a decorator with his dad, thought the relationship was the "be all and end all", the inquest was told.

The heartbroken 29-year-old would regularly text and call his ex-partner, and his moods would depend on how the chats went.

Concerns had grown for his safety when he didn't arrive for a dinner at his mum's house despite telling her if she "was doing Yorkshire puddings, I definitely am". His phone also went unanswered.

It was later discovered that Paul had argued with his ex via text messages, which resulted in her cancelling a planned meeting.

The inquest heard how neighbour Peter Lyons alerted Mrs Chatterton on May 18 when they received no answer at the front door.

A note was seen on the stairs through the window and Mr Lyons smashed the door with a dumbbell weight to gain access.

Mr Lyons retrieved the note on the stairs and went up to find Paul's body. He came back downstairs moments later telling Mrs Chatterton that her son had taken his own life.

PC Richard McCoy, who attended the scene shortly after paramedics, said that Paul's mother, father and sister were in attendance.

Paul’s sister who was described by PC Daniel Garbutt as "visibly shocked and upset at the loss of her brother”, identified Paul and his handwriting in a suicide note which “made reference to Paul’s ex-partner and how he would not be able to live without her".

Paul's mother told the court: "Paul being the youngest, he had three elder sisters, he was always crawling and climbing on future and was naturally curious and always wanted to know how things happened."

His death was ruled by the coroner as suicide by hanging.

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