Elderly couple, 75 and 72, found dead by son 'after suicide pact'

Elderly couple, 75 and 72, were found dead by their son ‘after killing themselves in suicide pact’, inquest hears

  • David, 75, and his wife Suzanne Marshall, 72, died in a suspected ‘suicide pact’
  • They were found dead at their home in Llanddoged, north Wales, December 28 
  • Gas bottle appeared to have been set up ‘with a view to ending their lives’ 
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or click here for details 

An elderly couple were found dead next to an empty gas bottle at their home in a suspected ‘suicide pact’ just days after Christmas, an inquest opening heard.

The bodies of David Marshall, 75, and his wife Suzanne Marshall, 72, were discovered by one of their sons in Llanddoged near Llanrwst, north Wales, on December 28.

Their bodies were found fully clothed and lying next to each other on a bed.

Beside them was a gas bottle which is believed to have contained gas along with notes stating their intention to end their lives.

Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) Office, at County Hall on Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, north Wales

An inquest into their deaths was opened at County Hall in Ruthin, north Wales, yesterday.

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales east and central, said that the bottle appeared to have been set up ‘for the purposes of self-harm with a view to ending their lives together.’

Mrs Marshall was a retired medical professional by occupation while Mr Marshall was a retired builder.

A post-mortem examination was conducted by Dr Mark Atkinson on December 31.

The provisional cause of death given for Mr and Mrs Marshall was ‘hypoxia due to the inhalation of gas.’

The hearing was adjourned to a date yet to be fixed.

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or click here for details.

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