Tom McNeill death a 'terrible accident'

The death of a teenager from Carlisle who fell off a balcony whilst on holiday, has been described as a 'dreadful accident' by the coroner.

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Betty Brown's body was 'badly decomposed'

An inquest has heard a woman's body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to establish a cause of death.

The remains of Betty Brown were discovered in woods in Longtown in Cumbria in January 2011.

She was last seen on 28th May 2010 and its believed she boarded a bus from her home in Edinburgh to come and visit her daughter, who at the time lived in Gretna with her husband and children.

Her body was discovered naked from the waist down, lying face down on the ground.

Her belongings were in two shopping bags found nearby.

Betty Brown death inquest begins

Betty Brown's remains were found in a disused quarry near Longtown in 2011 Credit: ITV News Border

An inquest is set to begin into the death of 56-year-old Betty Brown, whose body was found in woods near Longtown in January 2011.

Mrs Brown, from Hawick, was last seen in May 2010, when it is thought she travelled from Edinburgh to Longtown on a bus.

Her remains were found eight months later in woods near Longtown.

Despite extensive appeals to the public, the police have been unable to find out what happened to her.

Cumbria Police are still treating the death as 'suspicious'.


Inquest into death of Cumbrian teen

Tom McNeill Credit: ITV Border

The inquest into the death of a teenager from Carlisle has heard that he died from head injuries after falling around 40 feet from a balcony whilst on holiday.

Tom McNeill had been on an organised pub crawl in the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach the night he died, but a friend said that he wasn't very drunk. A pillow was seen by a witness on top of the wall of the balcony and it's thought the 17 year old might have fallen off after falling asleep.


Kendal inquest continues

An inquest is due to resume today into the deaths of an elderly couple at their home in Kendal.

It's thought 92 year old Stanley Wilson stabbed his 89 year old wife Peggy before taking his own life.

The inquest has heard from mental heallth professionals who said Mr Wilson had wrongly believed his wife was trying to poison him.

Inquest into Kendal couple's deaths opens

Stanley and Peggie Wilson Credit: The Wilson Family

A 92 year old man who knifed his wife to death and then himself in Cumbria had acted "out of character" for weeks after an eye operation, an inquest has heard.

Stanley Wilson believed wife Peggie, 89, was trying to poison him and that other family members were in on the "plot".

The couple lived in Mint Dale, Kendal Credit: ITV Border

Their bodies were found in the front bedroom of their home in Kendal on February 18 last year.

Former quarry worker Mr Wilson had started to lose his sight months before and had an operation for a detached retina at St Paul's Hospital in Liverpool after Christmas.

Relatives of the "devoted couple" and their neighbours told an inquest into their deaths that his behaviour drastically changed following surgery.

The pensioner believed his wife was attempting to alter his mind so that he would change his will and refused to eat any meals she served.

She suffered multiple injuries at their address in Mint Dale with numerous knife wounds to the neck - one which severed her jugular vein - and blunt trauma injuries to the face and head, consistent with punching. There were also signs that she had been asphyxiated.

Pathologist Dr Alison Armour told the Kendal hearing: "This frail old lady died as a result of a sustained and violent assault. She died from a combination of these injuries." She ruled that Mr Wilson died from self-inflicted knife wounds, with many again to the neck.

Giving evidence, Mrs Wilson's daughter, Sandra Smith, from Leeds, said that "out of the blue" her mother rang her in January last year to tell her of the poison accusations. "He would not let her make any meals or even make a cup of tea," she said. "It was totally out of character for him."

The inquest heard Mr Wilson had become depressed through his eyesight problems and being forced to stop driving but nothing noticeable until after the eye operation.

It led to concerns being raised with his GP and he was admitted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary for assessment but was discharged shortly before the tragedy

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