Inquest hears dentist was found hanged

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A coroner has said he was satisfied there was no one else involved in the death of a Great Wilbraham dentist found dead at her home on Friday June 5.

Fifty-three-old-year-old Dr Helen Nicoll, was found hanged by her husband, Harley Street dentist, Stephen Nicoll, also 53, who was then arrested on suspicion of her murder.

After being questioned police released hime and said there would be no further action against him.

Today, at the opening of an inquest into Mrs Nicholl’s death, South and

West Cambridgeshire coroner David Morris said he was satisfied that there was no third party involvement.

“Mrs Nicoll appeared to be hanging from a banister by a belt taken from a skiing-type of jacket. She was not suspended and her feet were on the floor. She died from these injuries. She was discovered by her husband. He cut her down and placed her on the floor and he reported the matter to the police.”

Mr Morris said he was initially reluctant to consent to a post mortem examination “by the facts he was given”, but after considering further information he deemed it to be in the public interest.

He has now ordered a full toxicology examination “with particular reference to alcohol”.

In a statement Mr Nicoll said the days after his wife’s death were “worst of my life”.

“Nobody can understand the true loss that my children and I have experienced following the discovery that my wife Helen has taken her own life. We have fully co-operated with the police investigation and the matter has now been referred to the coroner.

His solicitor Paul Oliver, said: “The arrest of Mr Nicoll in the immediate aftermath of the death of his beloved wife and the consequential media interest in this tragic case compounded the distress caused to him and his family.

“The police have confirmed Mr Nicoll is not a suspect and he and his family now ask that their right to grieve in private be respected.”


Police have said officers are still treating Mrs Nicoll’s death as “unexplained.”

A full inquest into Mrs Nicoll’s death is due to be held on August 20.