Gardener took his own life

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A WIGAN gardener took his own life after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Philip Briscoe, 27, was found hanged at his home in Atherton on the evening of January 7 this year.

An inquest into his death found that he died after being distressed about the break-down in his relationship with fiancee Jade Dean, who he had met in July 2012.

Bolton Coroner’s Court also heard how Mr Briscoe had been increasingly anxious about his partner’s contact with her ex-lover, with whom she had a 19-month-old child.

Mr Briscoe, who shared a home with Jade on North Croft, had numerous health problems after being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease.

In the days leading up to his death, the court heard how Mr Briscoe told his fiancee that he had taken an overdose of pills.

He later admitted he hadn’t taken an overdose but went to hold a knife to himself during a blazing row between the pair.

The court heard how he found it hard coming to terms with the communication between Miss Dean and her ex-partner.

Miss Dean told the inquest: “Phil used to go off on one every time I spoke to my ex. My son engaged with Phil, though. They loved each other.

“I stopped speaking to my ex but he still had regular access which went through my mum and step-dad but he still wouldn’t let it go.

“I told him he was being silly and he agreed, but he wouldn’t let it go. In the end, I’d had enough and said I was leaving.”

On the day of his death, Mr Briscoe returned home to find Miss Dean moving out her belongings with the help of her mother.

She said she would come back within an hour to pick up the child’s cot.

On her return, Jade’s step-dad, Darren Hill went upstairs and found Mr Briscoe. A post-mortem examination confirmed that Mr Briscoe had died from asphyxiation by hanging.

Recording a verdict that Mr Briscoe took his own life through misadventure, deputy coroner Alan Walsh said: “I am very sorry to all of his family and friends.

“He was a young man with everything to live for and had everything to look forward to, in spite of his bad health.

“Philip was greatly damaged by what was in his mind and I find it very tragic that this young man should lose his life in this way without any intention.”