A sports enthusiast who has traveled a LOT committed suicide in France after being depressed by the breakdown of the relationship with his partner, according to an investigation.

In a statement, the mother of Neil Pickstock, 41, said Carie Plat, the mother of his two children, made fun of him by saying he would have to pay 50% of their mortgage.

It was even if they had agreed that they could live on his teaching salary while he looked after the boys and renovated their house.

The couple had been together for eight years, but in October 2017 he was shocked to find texts she had received from a former boyfriend, although she denied having an affair.

Mr. Pickstock grew up in Cilcain, Flintshire, where his parents, Graham and Margaret, still live.

He attended Ysgol y Waun, Gwernaffield and Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold before studying at the University of Leeds.

Passionate about mountaineering, he worked for four years at the Plas y Brenin mountain sports center in Snowdonia, as well as in Scotland.

His love of the outdoors took him to places such as India, Bali and Chile before meeting Carie Plat in Chamonix, France, where they settled.

Ms Pickstock told the Ruthin hearing that although her son was depressed he appeared to have a brave face when he returned to Cilcain at Christmas 2017, but she was then shocked when she saw a photo of him because he was so thin.

La and her husband persuaded him to return to Cilcain where they were reassured that he was doing well.

He saw a doctor but Ms Pickstock said: “Caries made it very difficult and left him out of things.”

The alarm was raised when Mr Pickstock failed to pick up the boys from the nursery on January 25 last year.

A worried neighbor from Servoz, Chamonix, called the house and found him hanged in the cellar.

Asked by the local police if she was surprised by what had happened, Carie Plat replied: “Yes, because he is better and he loved children.”

Recording a finding of suicide, John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said it was clear Mr Pickstock enjoyed what he was doing and was highly regarded in his field.


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