A DAD killed himself just days after being banned from seeing his daughter, an inquest heard.

Daniel Donnelly, 38, was found dead at home in Hull, Humberside, in February, 20 days after a court barred him from seeing his child.

He had “lived for weekends seeing his daughter”, the coroners’ court heard and had gone clean after battling drug addiction.

A pal told Sun Online the court ban on seeing his daughter took Mr Donnelly “over the edge”.

The distraught father left suicide notes at the flat where he lived alone.

Mr Donnelly – pictured for the first time here – was only granted visitation rights to see his daughter, but when she arrived at his mother’s house to see him he biked over to see her.

But the meeting broke the visitation restrictions, and on January 29 a court banned Mr Donnelly from seeing his daughter as they investigated.


Mr Donnelly was found dead at home on February 20, less than three weeks after the court ban.

His sister told the inquest at Hull Coroners’ Court she believed the ban led to Mr Donnelly’s death.

She said: “Danny did not have any mental health problems. He was a very happy-go-lucky man and would bounce back from anything.

“He was always laughing and joking and would do anything for his family.

“He lived for his [daughter]. Anything bad he would have done in the past was due to drug taking.”

A pal who worked with Mr Donnelly at a factory told Sun Online the doting dad lost his job just before Christmas and feared losing visiting rights to see his daughter.


The friend, 51, told Sun Online: “He idolised his daughter. She was his life.

“But he said he was having trouble with his ex and it was going through the courts.

“He used to work so he could see his daughter at the weekend. He just lived his life for his daughter.

“I messaged him the day he killed himself to see how he was doing. I found out several days later.

“I think that court case took him over the edge. Every time he used to mention court he used to get down and feel low in case it was going to go against him.”

He was always laughing and joking and would do anything for his family. He lived for his [daughter].Mr Donnelly’s Sister

After he lost his factory job Mr Donnelly struggled financially, his friend revealed.

He said: “I spoke to him one day and he said, “I need to go to see my daughter, but I have no money and I can’t pick my daughter up because my bike is punctured”.

“He said, “I’ll have to walk to pick her up.” It was about four or five miles and it was raining.”

He added: “It was a sad loss. It was such a shame. He was good mate of mine. “

The inquest heard Mr Donnelly hadn’t used Google to search suicide references, or engaged with mental health services, the inquest heard.

He had taken cocaine, cannabis and drank six beers before he died.

Area Corner Rosemary Baxter returned a conclusion of suicide.

She said: “The evidence from the postmortem examination by Dr Paul Cooke found that Danny had taken some cocaine which may have added to the desire to take his own life.

“There were suicide notes found at his flat and the court refused him contact with his daughter shortly before his death and this upset him dearly.

“I also conclude that this was a pre-planned act.”

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