INQUEST: Sex charge OAP took his own life

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A PENSIONER depressed by the death of his wife and because he faced sex abuse charges took his own life, an inquest has heard.

A PENSIONER depressed by the death of his wife and because he faced sex abuse charges took his own life, an inquest has heard.

Edward Martell (65) was found by members of his family at his home in Heyford Close, Paston, hours before he was due to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

Mr Martell had pleaded not guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.

Mr Martell's daughter, Michelle Rowell, of Cornwall, told the inquest she arrived at her father's home at 5.05pm on Sunday, November 2 and knocked on his door.

She called his mobile phone and landline, and heard them ringing from inside the house.

She then rang her brother, who had a key to the house, and they found their father dead in bed clutching a bible.

The inquest, held at the town hall, heard Mr Martell's wife had died on October 22, a matter of weeks before his death.

He was said to have become very depressed, and was on anti-depressants.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be an overdose.

The inquest was told a number of notes had been left for his family. They mentioned his wife's death, and suggested he was concerned about the impending court proceedings.

Recording an verdict of suicide, coroner Gordon Ryall said: "He was found in his bed in a secure property.

"There was no suggestion a third party had been involved in his death.

"He does make his intentions clear in the notes he left for his family."

Mr Ryall said Mr Martell had found it hard coping with the death of his wife.

"But perhaps more of an effect was that the following day he was due to appear in court on criminal charges.

"I think he was aware of what he was doing."