A FATHER-of-three was found hanging in his shed by his brother.

Scott Friend’s body was discovered by his brother Aaron in their shed at Petersfield Road, Hinton Ampner.

On the morning of October 7, Scott’s wife, Helen, and his three daughters left the home they shared with Aaron and his father to go to Basingstoke.

Helen Friend said: “When we left he insisted on saying goodbye to me and kissing me. It was not like him. He also said goodbye to each of our three daughters individually, telling them that he loved them.

“He also gave me money, and said to do something nice with the kids. He told me there was more money in the kitchen cupboard.

“We never kept money in the cupboard.”

The 43-year-old’s brother Aaron also said that when he had seen Scott that morning, he told him “I love you brother” and gave him a hug.

“This was something that we did not do, we knew we loved each other. This was not normal behaviour,” he said.

Aaron left for Winchester and returned at around 2.30pm. His father Ron had come to visit but Scott was nowhere to be found.

“I went to look for him, I found Scott in the shed. I knew he was dead,” Aaron added.

The landscape gardener had never been diagnosed with depression and was seen as the life and soul of the party. His brother said he was happily married and had no financial concerns.

However his wife Helen believed that he may have suffered from anxiety and depression.

“He would often bottle things up, he often got worried about work but there was no reason for him to.

“He would often go to the pub, we argued about this occasionally but I believe now that it was just his way of coping,” she said.

Senior coroner Grahame Short said: “I believe he suffered from depression and a low image of himself. Many men are reluctant to seek help for mental health problems, which is regrettable because then they can get help.”

Mr Short concluded that Scott Friend’s death was the result of suicide.