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A DEVOTED dad set fire to his house and then hanged himself after being told he could not live with his son.
Peter Vaughan, 40, was so devastated not to get shared custody with his ex-wife for their son that he took his own life, an inquest heard yesterday.
He torched the Chapter House chapel he was converting inBangor Road, Penmaenmawr, then hanged himself, on February 24.
Yesterday Deputy Coroner for North Wales Central John Gittins recorded a suicide verdict.
Mr Vaughans sister Sue Pinnick said her brother, who ran his own pest control business, had married the mother of his son in April 2005, but the relationship ended within two years.
Mrs Pinnick, 34, said he went through several court cases to get access and a residency order for the boy, who cannot be named.
But soon before he killed himself he got a report from cafcass the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service saying the boys mum was awarded control over their sons living arrangements.
Mr Vaughan was only awarded extensive contact arrangements: he had expected a shared residency order to have their son live with him part time.