Saturday 20 January 2018

Mystery after man's dead body discovered near escaped pet python

Dan Brandon died after reportedly suffering 'serious injuries'

Dan Brandon pictured with a python. Dan Brandon/Facebook
Dan Brandon pictured with a python. Dan Brandon/Facebook
Dan Brandon/Facebook
Dan was an experienced handler. Dan Brandon/Facebook

Narjas Zatat

Mystery surrounds the death of a man whose body was reportedly found at his home near his escaped pet python.

Described as an experienced handler, Dan Brandon died in the home he shared with his parents home in Church Crookham, northeast Hampshire in the UK.

The 31-year-old was discovered in his room with his snakes, one of which – a python that can grow up to 25ft long – was out of its pen and near his body, according to reports.

Police said he had suffered “serious injuries”, but did not reveal the nature of those injuries.

Dan Brandon/Facebook
Dan Brandon/Facebook

Hampshire Police said the death was currently being treated as non-suspicious, but that officers were carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner.

An officer for North Hampshire Coroner Andrew Bradley said an inquest would be opened administratively in the next couple of days when a cause of death would be released.

Brandon had posted images on social media of himself with reptiles, one of which was a yellow Burmese python.

John Cottrell, a friend of Brandon, set up two JustGiving pages in his memory to raise money for World Wide Fund for Nature and RSPB.

The page reads: "[Dan] was obsessed with snakes, spiders, birds and all wildlife, in his memory we have set up two fundraising pages, one for WWF and one for RSPB.

"We have struggled when looking for photos for his funeral to find any when he isn't holding a spider, snake, small bird, toad, slow worm, hedgehog, feeding a fox, stroking cattle, befriending a cat or dog so these charities seemed the perfect choice. In memory of you Dan.... who we will all miss SO much."

Dan was an experienced handler. Dan Brandon/Facebook
Dan was an experienced handler. Dan Brandon/Facebook

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