Popular young man took his own life

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A POPULAR and well-loved young man with a bright future ahead of him killed himself, an inquest has ruled.

Daniel Mothersdale had had a long telephone conversation with his ex-girlfriend the night before his body was fouind in woodland last September and had sent a final text to his mother, the inquest into his death heard.

Worried family and friends had conducted a late -night search around Bawtry where he lived after both Sonja Harrison and his mother Su , of South Avenue, became concerned about Daniel.

But it was not until the next morning that a dog walker found his body hanging from a tree in Menagerie Wood, near the grounds of Bawtry Hall.

His death stunned the town, especially team-mates and officials at Bawtry Cricket Club where he was a promising player and coached the younger members.

The inquest heard he had been on the phone for a long time to his former girlfriend, Miss Harrison, then 18, from Blaxton, with whom he had broken up a few months before.

Eventually she told him not to ring her again because it was very late.

Miss Harrison told the inquest they had been in a relationship for two years but “started to drift apart” and in August they had decided to split up.They spoke on and off about exam results before she went to university but met only once more.

On the evening of September 17, Dan called Miss Harrison. She said he “began to talk strangely and made comments that made me worried” before she told him he shouldn’t call again because it was late.

She contacted her parents and a mutual friend, Christopher Tan, to check on his welfare.

Mr Tan said he made phone contact with Dan who said “he’d had a bit to drink” but was fine.

Dan’s mother, Sue, was also concerned because of a text she had received from him, saying: “I’m sorry mum, but I can’t do it any more”.

He added: “I’ve messed everything up and can’t live with myself for it. Don’t blame Sonja - it’s not her fault, I caused this. I love you, I don’t tell you that enough.”

Other friends received text messages which were gathered in police evidence.

Pc Philip Adkin agreed with the coroner when he said the texts were “expressions of love and affection and apologies for letting them down”.

Dan’s GP surgery said in a statement that there had been no drug, alcohol or psychiatric problems in his past.

Recording a verdict that Dan killed himself, assistant coroner Mark Beresford said the text messages to family and friends were a clear indication of his intention to end his life.

They could not be construed as a cry for help because there was little prospect of him being foiled in the location where he was found hanged, he said.

Mr Beresford said Dan was “remembered extremely affectionately” by all who knew him. The breakdown of his relationship had affected him.

“One of the most tragic elements of this is that Dan was not a young man without hope for the future.

“He was clearly very popular and much loved, a keen sportsman, and someone with a very bright future ahead of him.

“I extend my deepest sympathy to all members of his family and friends.”