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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK
Suicide note blamed work pressure
Wayne Williams
Wayne Williams had been working as an engineer
An engineer who killed himself wrote in a suicide note that "the pressure of work has turned my mind into a ticking time bomb", an inquest has heard.

Cardiff Coroner's Court heard how 28-year-old Wayne Williams hanged himself after a party to mark the end of a year-long contract in Singapore.

His body was found in his flat the next day along with two notes.

Coroner Mary Hassell recorded a verdict of suicide on the death of Mr Williams from Llantwit Major in south Wales.

Unfortunately the game has got the better of me
Suicide note written by Wayne Williams

The inquest heard how Mr Williams had been at a party celebrating the end of a successful year-long project working on oil tankers in Singapore.

His body was found the next day hanging from a bedroom door by a leather belt.

The court heard that two notes were found.

One note, addressed to his work colleagues, read: "Unfortunately the game has got the better of me - give my apologies to all the lads."

The other to his parents read: "I have been depressed for a while now - the pressure of work has turned my mind into a ticking time bomb."

The inquest heard how Mr Williams' friend Richie John said he had heard Mr Williams talk about suicide.

Mr John said in a statement: "Wayne said 'sometimes it would be better to just top yourself'.

"I thought he was joking and told him not to be so down.

"But about a week before people had noticed he wasn't being himself.

"He was normally happy-go-lucky and chatty but he became quiet and reserved."

Cardiff and Vale Coroner Mary Hassell told Mr Williams' family: "I'm sure it must be very shocking and difficult to understand why Wayne would take his own life.

"I wish I could tell you more - it is hard to understand why someone described as happy-go-lucky should choose to end their own life over pressure in work."

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