A dad was found dead in a hotel room after hanging himself in a ‘tragic accident’, an inquest heard.
Luke Merry, 34, from Kent, was on a business trip in Frankfurt, Germany, when he died from ‘accidental self asphyxiation’ on April 3.
Hotel staff became concerned when he did not check-out the following morning and went to check on him.
When they got no response from knocking on his door, they used an emergency handle to force entry, just after 12.30pm.
A chair blocked the doorway, but it was opened wide enough to see Mr Merry lying on the bedroom floor, Kent Live reports.
The emergency services were called, which included the police.
On arrival officers found a ligature mark around his neck, along with black rope tied around the bed, an iPad on the side, a packet of cable ties and a cutting knife.
Officers in Germany found no sign of third party involvement.
The inquest held today (July 9) at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone heard that a post mortem had concluded his cause of death was asphyxiation.
Senior coroner, Patricia Harding, referred to it as “accidental self asphyxiation”.
This was contrary to the initial cause of death which was incorrectly read out at the initial inquest opening.
A report from GP Dr Supriya Das said Mr Merry had registered at Maidstone Road Surgery, in Gillingham, in 2016.
But he was never seen by a doctor and wasn’t on any medication.
His wife of six years, Leanna Merry attended the inquest with her father and father-in-law.
Her statement said they had video called with their son at 5pm on April 3.
During the call he had spoken of plans for the three of them on his return from his trip.
He was also “excited” about the potential of setting up a new business.
Mrs Merry said they were a “close family” and that her husband was “extremely happy”, sharing “hopes and dreams”.
She also said that “he lived life to the full and regarded his son and wife as being at the very centre”.
He had not made a will and had “never given any indication to end his life prematurely”.
Mr Merry, who was born in Stockton-on-Tees, worked as a consultant contractor in computer science.
He had lived in New Jersey, USA, before moving back to England and settling in Lower Halstow, Kent, after the birth of his son.
“Luke Merry died as a result of his own actions,” Ms Harding said.
“I’m quite satisfied from the totality of the evidence that I have heard that he did not intend to take his own life by his actions.
“He had means within the room to remove himself from the ties.
“I have any question of him taking his own life out of my mind.
“It is clear that Luke’s death was a tragic accident and I will record a conclusion of that to reflect that.”
The family were given the option of accident or misadventure being recorded, with Mrs Merry opting for accident.