Mur­der charge af­ter for­mer Ban­gor Univer­sity de­men­tia re­searcher found dead at his home:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Elaine McCahill

A FOR­MER Ban­gor Univer­sity lec­turer has been found dead at his home.

The body of Dr Barry Houn­some was dis­cov­ered at the bun­ga­low he lived in Gosport, Hamp­shire.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with mur­der and ap­peared at Portsmouth Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day.

Dr Houn­some died on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 29 as a re­sult of head in­juries.

Po­lice taped off the 54-year-old’s home, which he shared with his wife Na­talia Houn­some, fol­low­ing his death.

A grey Skoda Octavia was re­moved from the prop­erty and pho­to­graphs from the scene re­veal the bun­ga­low’s back win­dow has been smashed.

Dr Houn­some lec­tured in health science and has con­ducted stud­ies into dis­eases in­clud­ing Parkin­son’s and de­men­tia.

In July 2013, he was in­volved in a £1.2m pro­ject at Ban­gor Univer­sity ex­plor­ing how de­men­tia sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ties could ben­e­fit from cre­ative arts.

Neigh­bour and friend of the cou­ple, Wal­ter Knight told the Mir­ror On­line he has been left dev­as­tated by Dr Houn­some’s death.

Mr Knight said: “It’s such a shame what’s hap­pened, the hus­band and wife were very lovely peo­ple.

“They were very nice peo­ple, they even got me a Christ­mas card ev­ery year.

“They were very quiet, but when you did speak to them you could tell they were very in­tel­li­gent peo­ple.”

An­other neigh­bour in his 50s, who didn’t wish to be named, said he is “heart­bro­ken” af­ter los­ing his ‘friend’ Dr Houn­some.

He said: “It’s heart­break­ing you know, he wasn’t just a neigh­bour, he was a friend – him and his wife.

“They were such lovely and kind peo­ple who could never hurt a soul, I just don’t know how some­thing like this could hap­pen.

“I’m truly dev­as­tated by it all.”

It is un­der­stood Dr Houn­some car­ried out work at the Fac­ulty of Health Sciences at Southamp­ton Gen­eral Hos- pital, Hants, dur­ing his time at the univer­sity.

A Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary spokesman said: “De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a man in Southcroft Road, Gosport, have charged a teenage boy.

Of­fi­cers were called to an ad­dress shortly af­ter 5.30pm on Mon­day 29 Oc­to­ber where the body of 54-year-old Gosport man Barry Houn­some was dis­cov­ered.”

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