A MAN was found dead in the New Forest by a dog walker after the break-down of a 'complicated' relationship.

Zachary Wallace, known as Zac, was declared dead at the site in Dibden Inclosure, despite attempts to save him, after being found hanged on May 8.

Winchester Coroner's Court heard that Mr Wallace's ex-partner, Roxanne Blachford, had called police and went searching for him after receiving concerning text implying he was planning to harm himself.

The inquest heard that their relationship had broken down but that he was still sleeping on her sofa until the day before his death.

Following an argument, the 22-year-old left their Southampton home, where they had a young son, and after speaking to a friend, whom he had begun dating, he slept at the Romsey call centre where he worked.

However, on the morning of May 8 he rode on his motorbike from the Romsey company to Dibden Inclosure, where he took his life.

The inquest heard from Mr Wallace's GP that he had previously tried to harm himself by taking an overdose after an argument with his ex-partner.

But Ms Blachford said that they decided, after a brief break, to continue living together and the relationship was "better" for a while.

The inquest also heard from a Southern Health Trust report that Mr Wallace had gone through a "difficult childhood". He had not been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, senior coroner Grahame Short said: "Zachary Wallace had a history of depression and I note that he had previously taken an overdose in circumstances similar to those leading to his death.

"I think it would be reasonable to describe his personal relationships as complicated.

"I think he concluded the only way forward was to end his life.

"He didn't accept help and that, I think, is the saddest part of this death."