A MAN who killed himself was due to appear in court to face a string of sexual offence allegations.
Christopher Michael Wildsmith, of Chapelfield Road, Goxhill, shot himself after being told he faced prosecution for 21 alleged offences.
The charges included rape, indecent assault, intentional touching and causing or inciting to engage in sexual activity against girls under 16.
He had been due to appear before magistrates in September last year, but an inquest held at the North Lincolnshire Civic Centre heard that Mr Wildsmith, 48, died on August 2 in a barn at his home.
His wife, Anne-Jeanette Wildsmith, told the inquest that she attended the police station with her husband on July 27 when he was told he faced prosecution for the allegations.
The police first started investigating Mr Wildsmith in October 2015.
She said: “When we came out the police station he was really quiet.”It wasn’t until Monday that he came out and told me what was said to him by the police.
“We went to see family in the day. He was just really quiet. I made some tea and Chris didn’t eat very much. He had gone off his food a lot and had lost seven stone.
“We watched a movie. I went into the kitchen from watching the movie and he basically just broke down and was telling me what the police had said to him previously. I said to him that we would go through everything properly the next morning.
“She added when she went into the bathroom she heard a noise.”I went out of the bathroom to see if Chris knew what it was,” she said.
“I went on to the decking to see if he was outside and that is when I saw the barn light was on. I ran to the barn and found him.”
She added that before calling the emergency services she saw a gun, which Mr Wildsmith had a licence for, on the floor near to him.
The cause of death was given as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The inquest heard that Mr Wildsmith had not presented any suicidal tendencies to the police during the investigation and when asked if he had any suicidal thoughts by the police, he told them that he did not.
Coroner Paul Kelly said: “Christopher Wildsmith died by his own hand on August 2, 2016.
“On that finding I record that Mr Wildsmith died as a result of suicide.”
He added that a review of whether shotguns should be seized from those facing criminal charges was being undertaken by Humberside Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
However, he said: “I need to make it clear the seizure of the shotgun in this case would not necessarily have prevented his death.”
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