Father-of-three found hanged at Pendle farm

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Father-of-three found hanged at Pendle farm Father-of-three found hanged at Pendle farm

A FATHER-of-three was found hanged at his remote farm amid a raft of money and personal worries, an inquest heard.

Stephen Haigh was concerned about a tax bill, a looming family court case and even a speeding course he was due to attend, Burnley Coroner’s Court was told.

The 51-year-old, who ran his own contract window-cleaning business, was discovered by his estranged wife Katie at Thorny Bank Farm, off Jinny Lane, Barley, on October 31. An investigation by police indicated there was no third-party involvement.

His wife Katie Haigh said her husband was ‘eccentric’ and kept problems to himself, never giving any indication of wanting to take his own life.

But he had left a series of small notes, including a line echoing the late comic Spike Milligan which read: ‘I told you I was poorly’.

Mrs Haigh said he had discussed wanting the line as the epitaph on his headstone, convincing her that he had intended to harm himself.

She told the inquest he was worried at paying a tax bill and the prospect of attending a court hearing over maintenance issues with an ex-partner.

“Stephen struggled with expressing himself and he didn’t cope well in social situations,” she said.

“He would have hated the thought of having to go through this process. He couldn’t have coped with it and he was very worried and he asked me if I would come with him.”

East Lancashire assistant coroner Mark Williams said he was satisified, after the note had been explained, that with the financial and personal issues he faced, Mr Haigh had taken his own life.

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8:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

M Foster says...

How sad that he did not feel able to open up to anyone. Sympathies to his family. RIP Mate.
How sad that he did not feel able to open up to anyone. Sympathies to his family. RIP Mate. M Foster

10:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

when people decide to end their life it,s because they have exhausted every way they know how ,we cannot all confide in each other like the vast majority of people,,for some its just too **** painful so therefore they take the only way out they know,,hope your at peace, and deepest condolences to your family.
when people decide to end their life it,s because they have exhausted every way they know how ,we cannot all confide in each other like the vast majority of people,,for some its just too **** painful so therefore they take the only way out they know,,hope your at peace, and deepest condolences to your family. noddy57

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