Thursday 18 January 2018

Wife discovered tragic death of her husband

THE DEATH of Christopher Lawrence (48) from Ashfield, Millquarter, Monaseed, on October 6 was recalled at an inquest held at the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy last week.

Coroner Seán Nixon took evidence from the wife of the deceased, Helen Lawrence, who said in her statement that she returned home after a visit to County Clare on the day in question. She noticed that the lights were on but that the dogs were barking. She discovered the body of her husband face down. He was cold and she realised that he was dead.

The deposition of the deceased's neighbour Bill O'Hara, which was read out to the inquest, recalled that the pair arranged by text to go out to a pub the previous night, October 5.

The two men played darts and had four pints apiece before leaving the premises at 1 a.m. and walking home. Bill O'Hara felt that his friend was a bit quiet but 'nothing out of the ordinary'.

Christopher Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene in Millquarter by Tinahely GP Doctor Majella Perry and the post mortem was carried out in due course at Waterford Regional by pathologist Doctor Fergus MacSweeney. The results showed a small amount of alcohol in the dead man's system.

A verdict of suicide was returned by the jury of six.

Doctor Nixon commiserated with the family on their loss. Among those present to hear the evidence was the mother of the deceased who came from Donegal to attend.

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