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Hanged man's China 'loneliness'

Jesse and Samantha Caldwell-Thorne
Jesse Caldwell-Thorne, pictured with his wife, left a note on his omputer

An ex-firefighter who moved to China with his wife hanged himself because he "felt so alone", an inquest has heard.

Jesse Caldwell-Thorne, 45, of Brynsadler, near Llantrisant, south Wales moved to Shanghai with his wife Samantha in 2007 for a new job.

But soon after Mr Caldwell-Thorne was found hanging from his apartment balcony by his wife. She found a note from her husband four days later.

The Cardiff coroner returned a verdict that he took his own life.

Mrs Caldwell-Thorne told the inquest that on the night of his death in May they had been out for drinks with some friends.

"Jesse left around midnight without me," she said.

"It wasn't unusual for us to go home separately but this was first time we had in Shanghai.

"I arrived home at about 3am. He wasn't in the apartment and I noticed the door was open to the balcony.

I find the act of hanging to be very deliberate and a person must have in mind their own death when they do that
Cardiff coroner Mary Hassell

"I went out and he had hung himself."

The inquest heard Mrs Caldwell-Thorne attempted to resuscitate her husband and called the emergency services.

But he was later pronounced dead.

Cardiff coroner Mary Hassell read out a suicide note written by the father-of-four which was found by his wife on his computer fours days after his death.

She read: "Sam, I'm so sorry but I'm done with this life.

"I've felt so alone since we moved here.

"Sorry all, I'm done here."

Crew manager

Mr Caldwell-Thorne had been the crew manager at Pontyclun fire station, near Pontypridd, before working for Dow Corning in Barry.

He was later transferred to the company's Shanghai operation where he was part of their global safety team.

Ms Hassell said Mr Caldwell-Thorne had never talked to his family about killing himself but said she was satisfied he intended to take his own life.

She said: "He hadn't discussed his intentions with anyone which is unusual.

"I find the act of hanging to be very deliberate and a person must have in mind their own death when they do that.

"I return a verdict that he took his own life."

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