Louth man shot himself outside family home


A man from Louth died after shooting himself in the head outside his home earlier this year, an inquest at Spilsby heard.

George Francis Nicholson, known locally as Frank, 84, was discovered by his partner on January 26 after shooting himself with a double-barrel shotgun.

The inquest at Spilsby heard that Mr Nicholson died as a result of a severe head injury caused by a gunshot wound.

In a statement read out at Spilsby Coroner’s Court David Stocking, Coroner’s Officer at Lincolnshire Police, said how he was on call on the morning of the incident and was called to Mr Nicholson’s farm in Grimsby Road, Louth.

Mr Stocking said he arrived at the house just after 8.30am on Sunday January 26 and found a man’s body at the rear of the property.

“I saw a male had shot himself in the head,” he said.

Mr Nicholson was discovered by her partner after she woke up and realised she couldn’t find him in the house.

In a statement Peggy Poucher said that the couple slept in separate beds the evening before because she had felt unwell.

She went downstairs to make a drink and saw Mr Nicholson’s sat down against the conservatory door.

Once she went outside she found that her partner had shot himself.

Deputy Coroner Paul Smith recorded an open verdict.

The verdict was given because there was no indication that Mr Nicholson had wanted to take his own life in accordance with guidelines - he had not left a note.

He suffered from long standing health issues which were not life threatening but needed ongoing treatment.