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Gunman's son also died from hanging

A teenager found dead in the wood where his fugitive father had hanged himself weeks earlier also died from hanging, an inquest has heard.

Jack Williams, 16, was found hanging from a tree in Brynglas Woods in Newport, South Wales, last Monday - the place where his father, Darren, also killed himself.

Mr Williams took his own life after a failed attempt to murder his estranged wife with a shotgun just hours earlier.

His devastated teenage son, who was close to his father, was thought to have been coping with the tragedy.

A brief inquest in Newport confirmed that Jack died from hanging. Police investigations into the tragedy are ongoing.

In August, lorry driver Darren Williams, 45, burst into the city's Carol Ann Hair Salon and blasted his wife Rachel, hitting her in the knee and also injuring two customers.

The murder bid triggered a major police manhunt which concluded hours later when he was found hanging in Brynglas Woods. A post-mortem examination subsequently concluded that he had died from pressure to the neck.

Rachel Williams, 39, underwent 10 hours of surgery to save her leg after the shooting. She was recently discharged from hospital. She is still recuperating from surgery at home and is said to be inconsolable at the death of her son.

Ken Le Prevost, coroner's officer with Gwent Police, gave evidence at the brief hearing. He revealed that a post-mortem examination had confirmed Jack Williams died as a result of hanging. His body was found in Brynglas Woods. He said police are treating the death as non-suspicious.

The hearing was convened so that basic details of identity could be confirmed and the teenager's body released for burial. It was then adjourned pending the completion of police inquiries which will form the basis of a report to the coroner.


From Belfast Telegraph