A CARETAKER found hanged in Wimborne’s Allendale Centre took his own life after an earlier suicide attempt, an inquest has heard.

The body of Tim Smith was discovered in the main hall of the Hanham Road centre on the morning of Monday, June 9.

Assistant coroner Brendan Allen heard that Mr Smith had been working with the Dorset Health Care NHS Foundation Trust after attempting to commit suicide in May.

Although he had been assessed as a “significant” risk in the medium term, the 58-year-old told his doctors that he was not making any plans to end his life, and was not judged to be an immediate danger to himself.

In a note found at the centre however, Mr Smith – who had a masters degree in IT – said he had not been truthful in his dealings with the medical team.

Wife Jacqueline Fairfax, from whom he was separated, said: “He just couldn’t cope with everyday things – the stresses and strains of normal living.”

The coroner also heard that police had charged the caretaker with assault against Ms Fairfax in May, which he denied.

Dr Andrew Fulton, who at that time was working with the Bournemouth Crisis at Home team, said Mr Smith was treated at St Ann’s Hospital in Poole for severe depressive episodes.

“On June 2 the inpatient team agreed that the immediate risk of self harm or suicidal intent had decreased,” he said, adding that Mr Smith was found temporary accommodation.

He also was called or visited by members of the team daily.

Following his death, members of Mr Smith’s family said he was a “very jolly” and “intelligent” man in a tribute.

Mr Allen recorded a verdict of suicide at the inquest.