No in­quest into death of Michael Payne

Egham News - - NEWS -

THE fa­ther of mur­dered Her­sham school­girl Sarah Payne died from nat­u­ral causes, tests have shown.

Michael Payne, 45, was found dead at his flat in Maid­stone, Kent, on Oc­to­ber 27.

Sarah, who went to Bell Farm School, was ab­ducted by pae­dophile Roy Whit­ing near her grand­par­ents’ home in West Sus­sex in July 2000 when she was eight.

Her body was found a few weeks later by a farmer.

Mr Payne had sub­se­quently fought a long bat­tle with al­co­holism and de­pres­sion.

After tests were or­dered by a coro­ner, it was es­tab­lished that he died from nat­u­ral causes. His fu­neral was held on Novem­ber 24.

A spokesman for the coro­ner’s of­fice said: “A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was car­rier out on Mr Michael Payne on Novem­ber 3. It con­firmed that he died of nat­u­ral causes. In such cir­cum­stances, the coro­ner will not be open­ing an in­quest into his death.”

Mr Payne’s mother, Cyn­thia, said at the time of his death in Oc­to­ber: “It was as though he was fol­lowed by evil. He was a won­der­ful son and a great fa­ther but he had demons he could not shake.

“I think he drank him­self into obliv­ion to es­cape the pain and his poor body gave up on him.”

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