A MECHANIC from Basingstoke committed suicide the day before a court appearance for his divorce, an inquest heard. 

Trevor Steven Hunt, 61, of Reynolds Close, Black Dam, was found hanged in his garage on Wednesday, December 16 by his son Jason.

Mr Hunt, who worked as a mechanic at Eden Garage, in Old Basing, was suffering with depression due to the breakdown of his marriage, the inquest heard.

North East Hampshire coroner Andrew Bradley read a statement at the inquest at Basingstoke Magistrates Court from Mr Hunt's son explaining how his parents had entered into divorce proceedings and were due to attend a court hearing on December 17.

Jason said: "He was a mechanic who worked six days a week and mum did night shifts to support the mortgage.

"He was a funny man, did not like to drink and loved his grandchildren.

"In 2014 divorce proceedings began and dad was upset about it. Dad would have tantrums, slamming the garage door shut but would never hurt anyone."

He said that shortly before Mr Hunt was found hanged, his mother called to say his father had gone "crazy in the garage" before going quiet.

Jason, who had been working in the morning, made the discovery when he went to his parents' house to check on his father.

He added: "I went over to dad and hugged him. I remember mum saying what had he done and I said it wasn't good."

Paramedics were unable to revive Mr Hunt. 

The GP's report confirmed Mr Hunt had been taking anti-depression tablets.

Delivering a suicide verdict, Mr Bradley said: "My sympathy goes to your family and to the sad end of Trevor's life."