The decomposed remains of a severely disabled Redditch man were found in a suitcase less than 48 hours after his mother was found hanged in undergrowth, an inquest has heard.

Police were alerted after Paul Hughes had not been allowed to see his son James Hughes for almost four months before the grim discovery in the garden of the home in Church Hill, Redditch, where the 22-year-old had lived with his mother, Heather Wardle.

Mr Hughes said his former partner Ms Wardle constantly made excuses as to why he could not visit James, often saying he was at respite care or on holiday.

He told the inquest in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, he had last seen his son on December 28 last year. James Hughes's body was found in the garden of his home just days after he and Ms Wardle were reported missing on April 19.

Mr Hughes, who had always maintained regular contact with his son, said arrangements made to collect him for visits would get cancelled by Ms Wardle at the last minute.

He said he would be told "various excuses" including that he was busy at the nearby respite care centre.

Mr Hughes told the court: "I was annoyed and also I felt guilty that I wanted to see him ... he was having such a good time at respite. I shouldn't be so selfish."

On April 18, Mr Hughes, a managing director of a building firm, arranged to pick up James at Ms Wardle's house in Loxley Close.

He said he felt "chuffed" because he thought he was finally going to get to see his son. But when he arrived, neither James nor Ms Wardle were home.

Ms Wardle's partner, Brian Kirby, told him he too was under the impression that James was due to be collected by his father and did not know where he was, the inquest was told.

Mr Hughes said he went home upset and began pacing the rooms.

"I thought something was going on," he said.

Mr Kirby called the police the following day, prompting a massive search. The court heard that James had the mental age of an 18-month-old child. He suffered from epilepsy and needed regular medication.

James was found dead less than 48 hours after Ms Wardle's body was discovered at the base of a tree with a ligature around her neck in dense undergrowth off Winyates Way, Church Hill.