A MAN who was facing arrest over allegations of trying to covertly film people in a changing room killed himself, an inquest heard.

Derek Snowdon was discovered hanged in woodland behind The Otter pub, in Otterbourne, by a dog walker on May 1.

It followed an incident earlier that day at the Places For People leisure centre in Eastleigh, where he had been set to go swimming with his wife Carole.

Winchester Coroner’s Court heard staff at the centre approached Mr Snowdon and reported him to the police after allegedly catching him trying to put cameras in the cubicles.

After returning home the 78-year-old walked out of their home in Boyatt Lane, Otterbourne.

Police later turned up to arrest Mr Snowdon, but launched a search when they realised he wasn’t there.

The inquest heard that Mr Snowdon had previously tried to harm himself after being arrested over indecent images in 2013.

GP Dr Stuart Ward said he had been injured after walking into traffic on the M3, but recovered.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, senior coroner Grahame Short said: “It is not surprising [Mr Snowdon] was in an emotional state. "I do not believe he could face the consequences.

"It is hard to understand the reason why he did what he did.”