The inquest heard there was little to suggest Luke Prior had been battling any mental health issues
A paratrooper was found hanged in woods near his home – shortly after hugging his mother and saying he was ‘hurting’.
Luke Prior, 23, had earlier been out for a drink at the Oakwood pub in Port Talbot, but had only had one drink, the Swansea inquest heard.
But on February 24 this year his body was found by dog walkers in the forest area behind Heol Tabor, Cwmavon .
The inquest heard there were few signs that Luke was suffering with any kind of mental health issues.
He had been in contact with an ex-girlfriend, and issues with the relationship were in the background.
Two senior army officers responsible for his welfare told the inquest in a written statement there was nothing to alert them to any stress in his personal life or depression.
A post-mortem examination determined Mr Prior died from pressure to the neck consistent with hanging, and acting senior coroner Colin Phillips gave a verdict of suicide.
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