Suicide OAP had jail fears

Pensioner William Hand-rick hanged himself while he was under investigation by the police.

Mr Handrick, 76, was found hanging from a tree in Monkton Park, Chippenham, on April 4 by a dog walker. Notes written by Mr Handrick were found on him.

An inquest at Trowbridge Town Hall on Tuesday heard that Mr Handrick, a former security guard, was living in Charlton Road, Shepton Mallet as he was separated from his wife, Christine Handrick, and they were going through a divorce.

Mr Handrick was on bail and Mrs Handrick, of Marsh Lane, Rowde, said her husband would not have accepted going to prison.

DC Nick Mackian, of Melk-sham CID, said there was no third party involvement with Mr Handrick’s death. He said a risk assessment when he was released on bail concluded there was no risk of self harm. Wiltshire’s assistant deputy coroner Dr Claire Balsyz recorded a verdict of suicide.

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