Tragic elderly couple fell to their deaths from bedroom window, inquest hears

Bournemouth Echo: Tragic elderly couple fell to their deaths from bedroom window, inquest hears Tragic elderly couple fell to their deaths from bedroom window, inquest hears

TRAGIC couple Glenys and Roy Smith fell to their deaths from the bedroom window of their home, a coroner has heard.

Mr and Mrs Smith, who were aged 92 and 89-years-old, were found in the garden of their home at Crag Head, Manor Road, just after 8.30am last Tuesday.

The grim discovery was made by an assistant caretaker, and it is thought the couple fell around 30 feet to their deaths.

Neighbours said the couple had been afraid of going into a care home.

District coroner Sheriff Payne heard that Mr and Mrs Smith, who moved from Pontypool in Wales to Bournemouth several years ago, died of multiple traumatic injuries, pending the results of a toxicology report.

The body of Mrs Smith was identified by son Michael, while Mr Smith was identified by their second son Richard on Thursday.

A note was found in their home, suggesting they fell to their deaths at 11pm on the night before their bodies were discovered.

An interim date for the full inquest has been set for February 13 next year.

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2:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mungobean says...

So very sad, RIP
So very sad, RIP mungobean

3:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ragj195 says...

Tragic. Perhaps they looked at their assets and made a decision that they wanted to pass something on to their sons and grandchildren rather than see it all lost paying for a care home. It hurts to even think about what must have been going through their minds. RIP
Tragic. Perhaps they looked at their assets and made a decision that they wanted to pass something on to their sons and grandchildren rather than see it all lost paying for a care home. It hurts to even think about what must have been going through their minds. RIP ragj195

11:08pm Tue 10 Dec 13

woby_tide says...

ragj195 wrote:
Tragic. Perhaps they looked at their assets and made a decision that they wanted to pass something on to their sons and grandchildren rather than see it all lost paying for a care home. It hurts to even think about what must have been going through their minds. RIP
Or perhaps they weren't obsessed with assets and merely cared so much about each other that they made a joint decision on how best to be at peace with themselves. It really isn't the place to speculate on such a tragic case .
[quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: Tragic. Perhaps they looked at their assets and made a decision that they wanted to pass something on to their sons and grandchildren rather than see it all lost paying for a care home. It hurts to even think about what must have been going through their minds. RIP[/p][/quote]Or perhaps they weren't obsessed with assets and merely cared so much about each other that they made a joint decision on how best to be at peace with themselves. It really isn't the place to speculate on such a tragic case . woby_tide

11:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ragj195 says...

woby_tide wrote:
ragj195 wrote:
Tragic. Perhaps they looked at their assets and made a decision that they wanted to pass something on to their sons and grandchildren rather than see it all lost paying for a care home. It hurts to even think about what must have been going through their minds. RIP
Or perhaps they weren't obsessed with assets and merely cared so much about each other that they made a joint decision on how best to be at peace with themselves. It really isn't the place to speculate on such a tragic case .
Don't do it then.
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: Tragic. Perhaps they looked at their assets and made a decision that they wanted to pass something on to their sons and grandchildren rather than see it all lost paying for a care home. It hurts to even think about what must have been going through their minds. RIP[/p][/quote]Or perhaps they weren't obsessed with assets and merely cared so much about each other that they made a joint decision on how best to be at peace with themselves. It really isn't the place to speculate on such a tragic case .[/p][/quote]Don't do it then. ragj195

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