Wife found husband dead after a shot in the night

A PEAK villager troubled by depression was found dead after blasting himself in the neck with a shotgun, an inquest heard.

Hilary Batterbee found husband John, aged 56, laying face down in a pool of blood in the study after hearing a noise in the night.

The Chesterfield inquest was told he had shot himself using a gun that he kept at their home in Daisy Bank, Sparrowpit.

Mrs Batterbee said her husband had suffered from depression for the last few years although he hadn't been prescribed medication for some time.

She added that he had indicated he might harm himself in the past, but not recently.

Pc Mark Williams-Wood said the family was in shock when police arrived. There was a considerable amount of blood on the study carpet and damage to the ceiling from the gunshot. "The shotgun was by his side and there were two discharged cartridges."

An autopsy revealed that Mr Batterbee had drunk the equivalent of double the drink-driving limit before the incident. He died from bleeding and a fractured skull resulting from the blast.

North Derbyshire Coroner Tom Kelly recorded a verdict of death from self-inflicted shotgun wounds, saying: "It would only be conjecture for me to suggest why he did what he did."