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HGV driver hanged himself after 25-year relationship ended

A lorry driver hanged himself in his home in Oxfordshire after his girlfriend Kate Reeves ended their 25-year relationship.

Gary Tustain, 45, took his own life but did not leave a suicide note, an inquest heard.

The Spurs fan had no history of depression or anxiety and was ‘normally happy’. 

The HGV driver was found hanged in the loft of his home in Tarragon Walk, Banbury, Oxfordshire, last October, the coroner was told.

Gary Tustain, 45, took his own life but did not leave a suicide note. He was a spurs fan, and loved Guns ‘n’ Roses and fishing

Recording a verdict of suicide, Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said that although no note was found, there was enough evidence to show Mr Tustain intended to take his own life.

‘Sadly Mr Tustain hanged himself. Did he intend to take his own life? I think on the evidence he did so,’ he said.

‘I don’t think there is any evidence that this was a cry for help. The act itself is a very final act. Although no note was left, there is the evidence of the relationship break-up the day before and the fact he was very upset about that.

‘I do think the evidence taken together shows that Mr Tustain did intend to take his own life.’

A service celebrating Mr Tustain’s life was held at St Mary’s Church in Banbury in November. 

His family welcomed people in Spurs shirts, Guns ‘n’ Roses t-shirts and fishing hats.

Gary and Kate pictured here near the start of their 25 year relationship

Gary and Kate had been together 25 years when they split up. Gary ended their life shortly after their split

Gary and Kate had been together 25 years when they split up. Gary ended their life shortly after their split

His obituary described him as a ‘much loved son of Norma, stepson to the late Derrick. Loving brother to Lindsey, Sandra and Pauline. Best friend and partner to Kate. Devoted uncle to Kirsten and Kayla’. 

Since his death, friends and family have posted tributes on social media.   

Craig Clark said: ‘He was one of the good ones’.   

His obituary described him as a 'much loved son of Norma, stepson to the late Derrick. Loving brother to Lindsey, Sandra and Pauline. Best friend and partner to Kate. Devoted uncle to Kirsten and Kayla

The HGV driver was found hanged in the loft of his home in Tarragon Walk, Banbury, Oxfordshire, last October, the coroner was told

His obituary described him as a ‘much loved son of Norma, stepson to the late Derrick. Loving brother to Lindsey, Sandra and Pauline. Best friend and partner to Kate. Devoted uncle to Kirsten and Kayla

Kelly Louise Pawley said: ‘He was one of the nicest blokes I’ve met, so soft and kind. Of course gorgeous’.   

Julia Kybert Stoddart said: ‘He was a lovely person. My Mum used to take me, Gary and our other mates for long walks as kids during the summer holidays and we always ended up at the back stream. Gary would bring his fishing tackle. He taught me to fish. Gary was gorgeous. This is just so awful’.    

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