Derbyshire businessman’s death the result of ‘misadventure’

Chesterfield coroners' court.
Chesterfield coroners' court.

A coroner has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure after a businessman was found hanged in his home.

The body of Craig Lakin was discovered by his wife Tracy in the utility cupboard of their house on High Street, Eckington.

During his inquest in Chesterfield today, coroner Dr Robert Hunter ruled there was no evidence the 46-year-old intended to take his own life – and said the reason why he took the “risky behaviour” will never be known.

Ms Lakin told Chesterfield coroners’ court she last saw her husband on the morning of Monday, April 13.

“He was his normal self – he didn’t seem down at all,” she added.

After finishing work, Ms Lakin went to collect her children from football practice before returning home to find her husband’s body.

She told the court: “There were no signs he was going to do what he did.

“He wasn’t being treated for any mental health disorders and he didn’t say he was depressed or felt like taking his own life.

“He was a company director and had got a lot of work planned – he’d just rented a new office.

“He was even looking forward to buying a new car.”

Jason Barker, who had been friends with Mr Lakin for about 15 years, went to the pub with him hours before his death.

He said: “He appeared his normal upbeat self – we were chatting away and having a laugh.

“I can’t see any reason why he’d want to do what he did.”

Post-mortem tests revealed Mr Lakin died from asphyxia due to hanging.

Recording a verdict of misadventure, Dr Hunter said: “There’s no evidence to suggest Mr Lakin intended to take his own life.

“We don’t know what was going through his mind at the time.

“We’ll never know why he undertook this risky behaviour.”