Swimbridge man intended to kill himself

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Monday, July 21, 2014
3:53 PM

Christopher Barrow, 55, was found with gunshot wounds after a two-day police search to find him.

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A GARDENER and delivery driver from Swimbridge intended to take his own life when he shot himself twice, an inquest heard today (Monday).

Christopher Barrow, 55, of High Cross went missing on February 10 and was found dead by a dog walker at Pugsley Hill Copse near Swimbridge two days later.

The inquest heard Mr Barrow was due to have an appointment with the bank the day he disappeared as he was facing a possible redundancy.

His wife Gail Barrow discovered he was missing at around 2.30pm and upon finding a note called the police, resulting in a widespread search of the area.

Mr Barrow was found on the morning of February 12 with gunshot wounds to the chest and head, the latter of which was fatal, a post mortem concluded.

Karen Perrett, who attended the inquest, said in a statement Mr Barrow was ‘always smiling and was very polite, but always a bit reserved’.

Coroner Elizabeth Earland concluded although Mr Barrow appeared to have drunk some alcohol before his death, he had intended the consequences of his actions.

She recorded a verdict of suicide.

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