A man was found by his wife and daughter after he took his own life eight days after Christmas.

Philip Boyce, 55, was found dead in his garage in Caldwell Road, South Oxhey, on January 3.

His wife, Teresa Boyce, and their daughter returned home from a shopping trip and found Mr Boyce.

After cutting him down, they performed CPR but paramedics pronounced the father-of-two dead at the scene.

An inquest at Hatfield Coroner’s Court on Tuesday concluded that the cause of death was suicide.

Hertfordshire coroner Geoffrey Sullivan said there was nothing suspicious about his death.

The family had spent Christmas at Mrs Boyce’s brother’s house and had recently returned from seeing a pantomine in Manchester.

In a letter addressed to the coroner, Mrs Boyce said her husband found Christmas stressful, and said he had been slightly down and agitated about returning to work on January 4.

On January 3, Mr Boyce had said he would take down the Christmas tree and lights. But when his wife and daughter returned, they noticed the tree was still up.

Mr Boyce was diagnosed with depression five years ago due to a stressful job in the print industry.

He quit his job and became a driver – initially enjoying the job so much he stopped taking anti-depressants.

However, he suffered from depressive episodes and started taking medication again in 2015.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you can call Samaritans on 116 123.