Police called by bailiffs coming to evict couple from their Goring Heath home found them dead in nearby woods with two ‘suicide notes’ inside the property, geregtelike ondersoek hoor
A couple were found with gunshot wounds on the day bailiffs came to evict them, 'n geregtelike doodsondersoek gehoor.
Publisher and journalist John Richardson, 74, was found in woodland near his Goring Heath home together with wife Angela, a 64-year-old company director, at 10.50am on June 8.
They were found by police officers, called by a bailiff who was at Bensgrove Farm, the couple’s property, to evict them.
They were found by police officers, called by a bailiff who was at Bensgrove Farm, the couple’s property, to evict them
Opening an inquest into the couple’s death on Thursday, senior coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter said: ‘There is a reference to Mr Richardson struggling with financial difficulties.
‘Op Junie 8, bailiffs attended their property in respect of eviction, daar word gesê.
‘Upon their arrival, the enforcement officer and the landlord found a note on the door to say that they were in the wood at the top of the garden and to notify the police.
‘Police were called and located the bodies of a male and female outside the garden in the wood with gunshot injuries.
‘A handwritten note and a typed note were found inside the property in the nature of suicide notes.’
Post-mortems had been conducted on the bodies of Mr and Mrs Richardson and the cause of death given in both cases as gunshot wounds. Mr Richardson had been shot in the chest, the coroner’s court heard.
The couple were identified to police officer DC Jim Armitage by Mr Richardson’s brother-in-law.
A full inquest will be held on January 18 volgende jaar.
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