Engineer killed himself after court case

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 January 2011

Coroner's Court

Coroner's Court

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A TROUBLED Weston engineer killed himself after being convicted of a sexual offence.

Tony Hillier, of Osborne Road, was found hanging from a tree in Weston Woods on October 26 last year.

An inquest into his death, held at Flax Bourton Coroners Court, heard how the 44-year-old, who lived with brothers Phillip and David, had become depressed following his court appearances.

Mr Hillier, who enjoyed going to live history re-enactments, went to the doctors’ practice in Locking Castle a couple of times saying that his mood was low and he was very tired.

A statement from his brother Phillip, read out at the hearing on January 5, said: “Tony was a happy-go-lucky person.

“Last August though he went to a live history re-enactment and then told me that an incident had happened there and that led to a change in his personality. I was aware that he had to go to court. He started taking anti-depressants and became a 
recluse.

“On October 23 we went to Scallys in town and I had a chat with him.

“He seemed okay and I didn’t think he was more upset about things than usual.

“On October 26 the police woke me and told me they had found his vehicle at the woods.

“I think he took his own life because of what happened at the re-enactment.”

The inquest heard how things had also become financially difficult for keen climber Tony because he had taken time off work.

He left a note that was found with his body, which was signed ‘Bones’, his nickname, and indicated he was going to kill himself.

Assistant deputy coroner Phillip Howells said that he took his own life.

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