Tickhill man shot himself because of floods

A TICKHILL man depressed by severe damage to his home by the summer's floods shot himself dead, an inquest heard.

Samuel James, 79, of St Mary's Road, Tickhill, was found dead in the bath at his home on Sunday 2nd September.

The inquest at Doncaster Coroner's Court heard that the retired locomotive fitter had been depressed ever since his home was hit by flooding in June.

The cottage where Mr James lived with his wife Joan had been flooded with two foot of polluted water.

He made an insurance claim but later withdraw the claim because he was unhappy with how long it was taking.

But he began to regret his decision and as a result became very depressed.

On the morning of 2nd September Mr James woke up as usual and had breakfast.

At about 10.30am his wife went out for a wander around the garden with the family cat leaving Mr James in the house alone.

While his wife was in the garden Mr James went into the bathroom and got into the bath.

He drew the shower curtain so that no blood or body tissue would get outside the bath before shooting himself in the roof of the mouth with a shotgun he kept for clay pigeon shooting.

Details from a report by pathologist Dr Jason Stone were read out at the inquest.

Dr Stone found that Mr James had died from a single shotgun blast to the head and suffered skull fractures and massive brain injuries.

Coroner Stanley Hooper recorded a verdict that the 79-year-old had killed himself.