A FORMER soldier from Scarborough who hung himself after leaving the Army returned from Iraq a "different man" according to his mother.
David Short, 27, of Trafalgar Square, was found hanging at his home on January 1, after suffering from years of depression.
During the inquest into his death yesterday, coroner Michael Oakley was told by members of Mr Short's family how his health had deteriorated since returning from Iraq.
His mother Pamela, who lives in Staxton, cried in court as she said: "He lived with us until he was 17 then he went into the Army. He had no health problems. We noticed a change in him when he came out of the Army.
"After he had been in Iraq he was different. He came back angry and depressed."
Mrs Short went on to say that her son then signed up to an employment agency before travelling to France to look for work.
She said: "He came back from France with a girlfriend. He was always happy when he was with her. They went on holiday to Turkey but when she left he became angry again."
Mr Short's brother Sgt Andrew Short, based in Scarborough, said: "He did change after going to Iraq but when he came back from holiday with his girlfriend it became obvious that something was wrong."
Mr Short was sent for treatment in Darling-ton before then being referred to Cross Lane Hospital, in Scarborough.
On October 22, last year, Mr Short was discharged and moved into a flat in Trafalgar Square under a sheltered housing scheme. Both family and health care workers said his condition appeared to have improved, so much so that his medication was changed.
Dr Zsolt Mogyorosy, Mr Short's psychiatrist, said: "David appeared to be quite composed, relaxed, and without any sign of severe effective disorder. Clinically he looked reasonably well."
Mr Short's body was discovered by student nurse Karen Dickinson who was looking for him after his brother rang her, concerned about his whereabouts.
The coroner said: "I have no doubt whatsoever the he took his own life therefore I am recording a verdict that he killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed."