Pen­sioner’s body found in his chair fol­low­ing smell re­ports

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - KATIE-ANN GUPWELL katieann.gupwell@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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