Pensioner took own life in shed

PUBLISHED: 12:54 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 11 September 2013

Flax Bourton Coroners' Court

Flax Bourton Coroners' Court


A pensioner from Locking was found hanging in a garden shed by his wife, a coroner's court heard.

Peter Moralee, aged 83, was last seen alive on June 8 by his wife Christine. She found him at 7.20am the next day at their home in Beechwood Avenue.

During the inquest into his death held at 
Flax Bourton Coroners Court last Wednesday, 
it was revealed that the retired chartered 
engineer had visited his doctor several times in the previous months, and explained he was feeling low after receiving bad news about his daughter.

A report was read out from Banwell Family Practice which stated he was seen by his doctor on April 30 and, although he was agitated and 
had a low appetite, he showed no suicidal 

The report stated: “He was last seen on June 5 and was eating well but had lost more than a stone in weight in the past couple of months.

“He was feeling anxious about his daughter. It was noted there was a family history of cancer as his father had died of cancer of the colon.”

The court heard how Mr Moralee’s death had come as a ‘complete surprise’ to his wife and no signs of drugs or alcohol were detected in the 
toxicology tests.

A statement was also read out from PC Michelle Short, who attended Mr Moralee’s home on the morning of June 9.

She said: “I was on duty with PC Neil Glyn and at 7.30am we were asked to attend Beechwood Avenue.

“When we looked through the window we saw a male hanging and we forced open the shed door and cut through the rope.

“I helped PC Glyn lower the body and place him on his back. A short while later the paramedics arrived and confirmed the male had died.”

Assistant deputy coroner Anthony Fairweather concluded the death was due to suicide.

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