Village shopkeeper’s death was suicide

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 February 2016

Coroners Court.

Coroners Court.


A widowed shopkeeper committed suicide on the anniversary of his wife’s birthday, an inquest found.

David Bacon was found hanged in his home in Yatton, by his son-in-law Matthew Perks on November 4.

An inquest was held at Flax Bourton Coroners Court on Tuesday.

Assistant coroner Myfanwy Buckeridge told the court the 68-year-old’s daughter had become concerned about her father when she received a letter from him, so she asked her husband to check on him.

But when Mr Perks arrived got to the house in Binhay Road at 12.50pm he found Mr Bacon’s body.

Ms Buckeridge said: “The deceased left notes for family members in his home.

“(Within the notes) there is an implication he could not stand what was to come or making arrangements for the future.

“He was found on the anniversary of his wife’s birthday.”

Mr Bacon had low levels of alcohol and codeine – a common painkiller – in his system, but Ms Buckeridge said: “The levels were not so high that it would impair his state of mind.

“I take into account the method he chose and the number of notes which, while not dated, were left on the table near where he was found. Having taken these facts into account I conclude that this was a death due to suicide.”

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