Riddle of ex-boss found dead in bath by his wife

A WOMAN returned home to find her husband lying dead in a bathful of water, an inquest was told.

A pathologist had provisionally concluded that John Gibbens, 67, a retired company director, of Main Street, Thorner, Leeds, had drowned.

But further tests were needed to make sure, said coroner David Hinchliff, who adjourned the hearing.

PC Richard Musgrove, coroner’s officer, said Mr Gibbens had a history of prostate problems and depression for which he had received treatment from BUPA and his GP.

His wife Diane left him at home at 3pm on July 6 and he went for a bike ride, returning home an hour later.

Mrs Gibbens returned at 4.50pm and entered a secure house and was surprised not to find her husband there.

She searched the house and noticed the bathroom door was locked. She managed to open it and found him lying in a bathful of water.

He did not respond to artificial respiration and paramedics who were called also failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 5.02pm.