A pensioner from Lakenheath shot himself with a shotgun after failing to cope with dementia, an inquest has heard.
Alec Stringer, 85 of Mayfields, was found dead at his home at around 9.20am on October 15.
An inquest, held at the Active Buisness Centre, Bury St Edmunds on Thursday, was told that at around 8.30am on the morning of Mr Stringer’s death his wife Lilian became concerned of his whereabouts as she had not seen him for a while. After venturing into the garden she found her husband on the ground with a shotgun next to him.
According to a police report one cartridge remained in the gun while the other one was on the garden floor close to Mr Stringer’s body.
Following a post-mortem examination by pathologist Dr Karl Love at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, he said that the cause of death was a shotgun injury to the head, with the early signs of dementia considered as a contributory factor.
Dr Sharpstone told the inquest that Mr Stringer had failed to cope with news that he had dementia.
He recorded a verdict of suicide as he felt that Mr Stringer understood the consequences of his actions.