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Inquest records suicide verdict on Buckley man, Paul Darren Soper

FEARS of a prison sentence may have led a 43-year-old Buckley man to take his own life at the car park on Moel Famau .

Paul Darren Soper, who had a history of anxiety and depression, was found dead in his Vauxhall Astra onFebruary 19 .

He had poisoned himself with carbon monoxide, one of the highest readings ever recorded, said deputy coroner for North East Wales John Gittins at a Flint inquest yesterday.

Mr Soper’s ex-wife Hayley Louise said he showed signs of an unstable character and unpredictable nature, but she wanted him to receive help.

He had threatened to kill himself on previous occasions.

Mr Soper was also a heavy drinker with a history of domestic violence, the inquest heard.

In 2007, he was remanded before receiving a two year suspended prison sentence.

Following his divorce Mr Soper began a relationship with an Ellesmere Port woman.

After an alleged assault in early February Mr Soper had been arrested and was due to appear in court at the end of February.

Ms Barratt said he feared going back to prison.

Verdict: Suicide.