A “DEVASTATED” widow says lessons must be learned after her husband took his life just days after leaving a mental health hospital.

Mustafa Khan, 40, had been deemed a “low risk” of suicide by doctors.

But he was found hanged in woodlands, near the home where he grew up in Horsham, in February last year.

The racehorse owner and City trader had previously been sectioned under the Mental Health Act at Priory North London Hospital in Southgate.

His wife Vera, who met him in 2006 and had two children with him, says she was left heartbroken by her husband’s death.

She said: “I’m still in shock now about his death.

“All we wanted is for Mustafa to receive the help he needed so he could get better and come back home to his family.

“I was very confused why Mustafa was allowed to be discharged when it appeared he was not taking his medication and I did not think his condition was improving.

“I am completely devastated by the loss of Mustafa and the children miss their daddy.”

At West Sussex Coroner’s Court, Bridget Dolan QC ruled that doctors missed several opportunities to reduce Mr Khan’s risk of taking his own life.

The assistant coroner was told that Mr Khan, who owned racehorses with his brother Murt, suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which had got worse.

He started taking medication for his illness in 2015, but suddenly stopped in May 2017, telling everyone he felt much better.

In January last year he briefly resumed taking the medication, but believed it was making him worse.

He was then sectioned in February after threatening to take his own life.

He was discharged to his parents home on February 21, but the Priory had not completed a “keeping safe” care plan, which would include emergency telephone details for mental health specialists.

Mrs Khan, 32, of Richmond, south west London, was represented by Irwin Mitchell LLP, and has called for health trusts to learn lessons.

Specialist lawyer Hannah Lamb said: “The family had a number of concerns about the events that unfolded in the lead up to Mustafa’s death and unfortunately the inquest has validated some of the concerns.

“We hope that these are now addressed as soon as possible to help improve patient care.

“This is an incredibly tragic case and, many months after Mustafa’s death, Vera and the rest of the family remain understandably devastated by the loss of a much-loved husband, father, brother and son.”

Mrs Khan added: “Our only hope now is that the heartbreak our family has suffered highlights the need for those with mental health issues to receive the treatment they need.

“We hope that health trusts and hospitals continue to learn from the issues which have been highlighted at inquest to ensure other families are spared the pain we have to endure on a daily basis.”