Pensioner’s body found in his chair following smell reports
THE decomposed body of a pensioner was discovered “sat in his chair” after a smell was reported at his property, an inquest heard.
Aneurin John Townsend, of Bridgend, was found dead on September 20 last year.
Last Thursday an inquest at Aberdare Coroner’s Court heard his body – which was too badly decomposed for a proper post-mortem examination to take place – was discovered at his home.
The court heard South Wales Police were called to his property after receiving reports of a smell at the home.
Mr Townsend, 69, lived alone and had some contact with his family.
But the court heard he had not seen his relatives for a few weeks prior to his death.
At the inquest coroner Andrew Barkley read a statement on behalf of Mr Townsend’s brother-inlaw Roger Bonner.
The statement read: “He was my brother-in-law. He was always the first one to send a Christmas card.
“I saw him last in August. I spoke with him and talked to him about his sister having cancer.
“He was quite close to Phyllis and he was quite sad about it.
“When I saw him last he was upset.
“My wife was worried that he might have done something to himself after he had found out about her cancer.
“Her other brother committed suicide.”
However the inquest heard there was no evidence to suggest former council worker Mr Townsend had taken his own life.
A pathologist’s report, carried out by Dr Andrew Bamber, said the body was too heavily decomposed to conduct a thorough examination.
For this reason Dr Bam- ber concluded that the medical cause of death was unascertained.
But it was noted there was no evidence to suggest any third party involvement in the death of Mr Townsend.
Mr Barkley accepted this conclusion.
Concluding the inquest, Mr Barkley said: “On September 20 Mr Townsend was found dead sat in his chair.
“I note in particular the view from Roger Bonner that stated his wife was worried that he may have done something to himself as her other brother committed suicide many years ago.
“But there is nothing to suggest this.
“There is nothing to suggest this was a suicide at all.
“There is no evidence to suggest there were any unnatural causes.
“I conclude that Mr Townsend’s death is unascertained.
“I will record that he died of natural causes.”
Aberdare Coroner’s Court