Retired Leeds vet pathologist found dead

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A retired veterinary pathologist was found dead by his wife at his home after he failed to turn up to meet her, an inquest has heard.

Dougald MacDougall, 70, had suffered with depression before his death, Coroner David Hinchliff said at the opening of Mr MacDougall’s inquest in Leeds yesterday. (August 20)

The inquest heard his wife had left their home on Dearne Croft in Wetherby at 9.30am on August 8 to go to an optician’s appointment.

Mr Hinchliff said: “They arranged to meet in Wetherby after her appointment.

“It was when Mr MacDougall didn’t turn up that she became concerned.

“She rang him several times but he didn’t answer.”

She returned home to find her husband’s body.

Despite attention from paramedics, Mr MacDougall’s death was confirmed that day.

A provisional cause of death has been given as hanging. The inquest was adjourned pending further enquiries.