Newlywed took own life in ‘tragic’ case

Ben Hinchliff, 46, took his own life at Nether Mill Farm, Penistone
Ben Hinchliff, 46, took his own life at Nether Mill Farm, Penistone
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A former barrister who had battled depression after the death of his brother took his own life just three weeks after getting married, an inquest heard today.

The body of Ben Hinchliff, aged 46, was found in an outbuilding at his family farm Nether Mill Farm in Penistone, on October 18 last year.

A shotgun was nearby and the cause of death was recorded as a gunshot wound to the head.

The Sheffield inquest this morning heard Mr Hinchliff had suffered a ‘major depressive episode’ in 2011 after the death of his younger brother to a heart attack. His father had also died.

He had stayed for a month in The Priory clinic, where he was successfully treated for drinking problems.

Wife Emily described him in a statement read to the court as being sober and ‘doing really well’ after he was discharged and they married on September 28, 2013, before going on honeymoon.

On the day before he died Mr Hinchliff, who had also been worried about some business matters at the farm, seemed ‘quiet’.

When his wife returned home from a day out she could not find him and a search by neighbours eventually led to the discovery in the outbuilding.

Tests carried out by a pathologist also found there was no trace of alcohol or substances in Mr Hinchliff’s body.

Coroner Christopher Dorries recorded a verdict that Mr Hinchliff took his own life.

He added: “It is not for me to speculate why that should be.

“It is blatantly a very tragic and sad situation, especially given his very recent marriage.”

Mr Hinchliff had joined One Brick Court Chambers in London in 1993.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.