NEWS IN BRIEF

Cou­ple ‘died from hang­ing’

Western Mail - - NEWS -

AN in­quest has heard a hus­band and wife found dead at their home died from hang­ing and suf­fo­ca­tion.

Lin­sey Richard Sergeant, 72, and his wife Jane Sergeant, 71, were found by of­fi­cers from Gwent Po­lice who were called to their home in Or­chid Mead­ows, Chep­stow, on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 4.

It is un­der­stood that Mr Sergeant, a re­tired teacher, had picked up his wife from a care home in New­port to take her out for a day trip. The in­quest into the cou­ple’s death was opened at New­port Coroners’ Court yes­ter­day.

It heard the cou­ple were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Their bod­ies were taken to the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of Wales, in Cardiff, for pos-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions where it was dis­cov­ered Mr Sergeant had died from hang­ing and Mrs Sergeant had died from smoth­er­ing.

Coro­ner for Gwent David Bowen re­leased the cou­ple’s bod­ies to their fam­ily for fu­neral ar­range­ments and ad­journed the in­quest for two months to al­low po­lice to con­tinue with their en­quiries.

It is not be­lieved there was any third party in­volve­ment in the deaths.

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