Inquest hears how Hatfield pensioner took his own life

PUBLISHED: 16:30 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 19 September 2018

The Old Courthouse in Hatfield where the inquest was held. Picture: Chris Flanagan.

The Old Courthouse in Hatfield where the inquest was held. Picture: Chris Flanagan.

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A Hatfield pensioner's death has been officially listed as suicide after friends found him dead at his home.

Michael Headland, 81, was discovered at the Cooks Way property with a severe head injury, which was in keeping with a gunshot wound, on May 8 this year.

His inquest today (Wednesday, September 19) heard how a shotgun, which he had a licence for, was found underneath him.

Mr Headland, a retired machines manufacturer, had no record of mental health issues and toxicology reports revealed nothing notable.

However, friends reported that in the months leading up to his death he had felt increasingly fed up with his health issues, which included poor hearing and breathing problems.

He played badminton and cricket, and was a member of several social groups, including a 40+ cycling club.

Mr Headland’s ailments were said to be interfering with those activities, causing him to feel isolated and frustrated.

He was a single man who lived alone, the court heard.

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