A sex offender locked up in a prison hanged himself after his wife told him she didn't love him any more.

Ean Martin Smith was jailed in 2017 for four years after he pleaded guilty to six charges of sexual assault on young girls.

Ean's wife decided to stay in touch with her husband after he was sent to prison because of fears he would take his own life.

She continued to visit him at HMP Lincoln and the pair talked over email, an inquest heard.

But when she contacted Ean on November 9, 2018 to tell him that "she loved him but was not in love with him anymore," the sex offender took his own life the following day in the prison's showers.

Ean Martin died after his wife emailed him to tell him that she was not in love with him anymore
Ean Martin died after his wife emailed him to tell him that she was not in love with him anymore

Ean had attempted to commit suicide on a number of other occasions, and coroner Timothy Brennand said the prison had been actively monitoring his safety, Lincoln Live reports.

“I took the view that I should maintain contact as I wanted him to be safe," his wife told the inquest at Lincoln Cathedral Centre.

“I would visit once a fortnight and we would have phone calls most days, I could email him too.

“He felt that the marriage could survive. But from my view it was impossible. I never said that to him in so many words, not until the last email.

“I told him I wasn’t in love with him anymore and that things couldn’t have worked.”

Ean Martin had been in jail for sex offences on young girls
Ean Martin had been in jail for sex offences on young girls

Coroner Brennand also heard that Ean then tried to call he a number of times in the morning but didn't get through until the afternoon.

She added: “He was very upset. He didn’t want me to just love him he wanted me to be in love with him.

“He said that he had enough. He was telling me not to feel guilty and that everything was down to him. I did ask him to think of his own children.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent certain that he was serious about it, so I didn’t phone the prison straight away.

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“He phoned again 10 minutes later and told me he had enough, he said he loved me and it would be the last time I would speak to him.

“That’s when I took him seriously. I spoke to my dad and then I rang the prison.”

Following the phone call, prison guards went to check Ean who had told guards that he was going to the gym.

Later that evening, a member of staff at HMP Lincoln contacted her to tell her that her husband had been found hanged in the showers

A jury came to the conclusion that Ean died as a result of suicide.

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