A man killed himself the day before he was due to appear in court on sex charges, an inquest heard.

Raymond Owens was being investigated by South Wales Police for a string of alleged offences before he was found hanged at his home in from Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea.

A coroner was told Mr Owens had been charged with 14 counts - which included allegations of rape, indecent assault and sexual assault - and was set to appear at Swansea Magistrates' Court on June 19.

But despite the looming court case, an inquest heard that "nothing was out of character" in the days leading up to 52-year-old's death.

The day before he died, his partner Yvonne Fogarty had "made his lunch for the next day" and his behaviour was described as being "playful and joking around".

At 5.25am on Tuesday, June 18, this year, Mr Owens sent a text message to a work colleague telling him not to pick him up to go to work.

His son, Cai Owens, later attempted to call him but there was no answer which he thought was "strange".

Speaking at the hearing, South Wales Police PC Fitzgerald said: "Cai then attended his home address and could see him behind the sofa, deceased.

"Police arrived at 1.28pm and paramedics were already in attendance.

"No injuries were found and CID attended and agreed that the death did not seem to be suspicious.

"He was being investigated by South Wales Police on 14 charges and was due to appear in court on Wednesday, June 19.

"A number of notes were found at the scene and they showed intent and protested innocence in respect of the charges he was facing."

Colin Phillips, acting senior coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, said a post-mortem showed that there were no drugs or alcohol in the deceased's system.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mr Phillips added: "He was facing criminal charges the next day and was protesting his innocence.

"The method he has used means there's no way he would be saved."

A statement from Mr Owens's sister, Margaret McLaughlin, was read out by Mr Phillips, in which she said: "Ray was a very kind, supportive and helpful person.

"Family came first for Ray and he would do anything for any one of us.

"He had a very good sense of humour and was a pleasure to have around."

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