Northants villager who shot himself “had no reason to take his own life”

The inquest into the death of Terence Parkins, 74, from Fotheringhay was held at Kettering Council's offices
The inquest into the death of Terence Parkins, 74, from Fotheringhay was held at Kettering Council's offices

A Northamptonshire villager who was reported missing by his wife shot himself dead, an inquest has heard.

The body of popular Terence Parkins, 74, from Fotheringhay, near Oundle, was discovered by police in nearby woods known as Christmas Tree Road on March 4 this year.

An inquest in Kettering today (Thursday) heard how Mr Parkins had left his home in Elton Road at 1pm to go for a walk.

By 7pm he had not returned home and, growing concerned, wife of 46 years Sally reported him missing.

Officers searched for him and shortly after 11pm, police found his body.

Duty Sergeant Darron Bishop told how Mr Parkins had neatly placed his cap and glasses on the ground.

The shotgun, with two loaded cartridges, was found a metre from his body.

Mrs Parkins said she could not understand why her husband, who had no history of depression, took his own life.

In a statement read out in court, she said: “There was no reason for him to take his own life.

“I cannot understand why he has done this, he was such a happy person and he had a smile for everyone.”

Three hundred people attended the funeral of Mr Parkins, who was a self-employed electrician in the Oundle area for more than 40 years.

Assistant coroner Hassan Shah said: “Mrs Parkins cannot understand why he would have taken his own life.

“The mechanics of the injuries leaves me in no doubt that this was deliberate and intentional.

“It is with a heavy heart that the record I will insert is one of suicide.”