A HUNGARIAN man who threatened his housemate with a knife ended his own life – fearing he would end up in prison, an inquest heard.

Jozsef Palkovics, from The Oaks in Bracknell, died on July 25 after he was found hanged in his bedroom.

The 51-year-old was suffering with anxiety and his dosage of medication was doubled after he previously attempted suicide in 2017.

Ian Wade, assistant coroner for Berkshire at Reading Town Hall, read a medical report from Dr Nelly at Evergreen Practice.

She said: "Mr Palkovics had a long history of anxiety and stress and was issued with Mirtazapine in 2016.

"His symptoms worsened; he was drinking heavily and so his dosage was doubled on June 6, 2018 and he was referred to the New Hope alcohol service."

The coroner concluded that his death was due to the 'emotional turmoil of the fear of a prison sentence, which led him to the decision to end his own life'.

Mr Palkovics was described as 'troubled' and lived with a number of medical and emotional problems, such as HIV, Crohn's Disease and anxiety and alcoholism.

On July 20, Thames Valley Police were called to his home, after he threatened to kill his housemate, Ferenc Danko.

He was arrested and remanded in custody at Reading Magistrates' Court, where he was granted bail.

The terms outlined that he was to collect his belongings with a police officer and stay at a different address in London.

However, Mr Palkovics returned to his Bracknell home without a police officer.

He then continued to stay, despite his housemate Aurel Szabo – his former partner – telling him that this 'would make matters worse'.

He was then discovered in his bedroom by his housemates the following day.

Paramedics were able to revive him temporarily, but he later died at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The toxicology report by Dr Susan Paterson stated Mr Palkovics was four times over the legal driving limit at the time of death.

If you would like to speak to someone about suicide or want any advice, call the Samaritans helpline on 116 123.