Dronfield pensioner found hanged in his garden

Chesterfield coroners' court.

Chesterfield coroners' court.

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A pensioner has been found hanged from a tree in the back garden of his home.

The body of Geoffrey Cuffling, 85, was discovered by his wife in Falcon Rise, Dronfield, on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10.

Mr Cuffling’s inquest was opened at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Wednesday.

Coroner James Newman said: “His wife found him and she called for help.

“A neighbour attended and attempted to untie the rope.

“Paramedics were called and Mr Cuffling was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead at 3pm.”

Mr Newman said provisional tests showed Mr Cuffling, a retired engineer, died as a result of hanging but stressed that his office was still awaiting post-mortem results to ascertain the exact cause of his death.

He also said he was awaiting a police file to help establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Cuffling’s death.

Mr Newman adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

In an obituary, Mr Cuffling’s wife said: “Rest in peace my lovely Geoff.”