Tragic father took own life after failing to contact daughter
A FATHER took his own life after attempts to contact his daughter to wish her happy birthday had failed.
An inquest into the death of Stephen John Booth, 49, concluded that he died as a result of taking his own life.
Mr Booth was found hanging on June 24 in the garage of a bungalow he was renting in Lancaster Close, Great Steeping.
A post mortem report showed he had drank alcohol excessively prior to his death.
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The inquest, held in Spilsby, heard a note had been left at the scene, indicating Mr Booth had wanted to take his own life.
Mr Booth had been living with his partner, Nicola Odlin, at Friskney.
The couple were in the process of moving to a property in Great Steeping.
Mr Booth, who worked in security for the MoD, was in the middle of divorce proceedings.
His wife, who has two children with Mr Booth, had emigrated with the children to Australia.
The inquest heard Mr Booth had been particularly close to his daughter.
On June 23, his daughter's seventh birthday, Mr Booth had made extensive efforts to contact her to wish her happy birthday but failed to make contact.
Central Lincolnshire coroner Stuart Fisher said: "This had a profound impact on Mr Booth.
"Ms Odlin and Mr Booth went on to have a heated argument centred around putting up photos of various children.
"Mr Booth left Miss Odlin and went back to the property in Steeping.
"He drank a considerable amount of alcohol and sent a photo which portrayed a noose to Nicola Odlin, who was not able to open the image at that time."
Mr Booth was found hanging the next day.
Giving evidence to the inquest, Ms Odlin said her partner had threatened to take his own life about a month before.