Gun was found beside West Lynn body, inquest is told

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An inquest held yesterday into the death of West Lynn man Simon Maddison concluded that he killed himself.

Assistant coroner David Osborne heard that Mr Maddison, 36, of Clenchwarton Road, West Lynn, did not arrive at work on January 24, 2013, as expected.

Friend and colleague Adrian Purt called at his house as it was out of character for Mr Maddison not to turn up at work but got no answer. He returned later that day when he noticed the lights in Mr Maddison’s home had been on all day and called the police.

A police officer broke into Mr Maddison’s home and found him dead in his bedroom with a gunshot wound to his head and a shotgun by his body. Mr Osborne said that Mr Maddison held a shotgun licence.

In a statement Mr Maddison’s former partner Emma Ford said they had been away for a weekend earlier in January and had discussed their relationship. Mr Maddison had left early but they continued the discussion when Miss Ford returned home and she said: “He seemed to be lost and needed to find himself.”

On January 20 the pair met and Miss Ford said Mr Maddison seemed bubbly and happy and they arranged to meet a few days later. However, on January 23 she received a series of text messages from him saying he was drunk and he was sorry, and one which read ‘1976-2013’.

When she heard of his death Miss Ford said there had never been any indication that he could kill himself.

A report from Mr Maddison’s GP said he had not been diagnosed with any mental health condition.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Maddison died from a gunshot injury to the head. Mr Osborne said: “Regrettably and sadly I find myself driven to being sure that he did indeed intend to kill himself.”