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Care home boss killed himself because he feared spreading coronavirus to residents

A care home boss killed himself because he feared spreading coronavirus to his residents during the pandemic, an inquest heard. Father-of-four Vernon Hough, 61, was found dead in the car park of a police headquarters in Llay, Wrexham, just a mile from the care home he ran with his wife Louise. At an inquest, Mrs Hough revealed he was finding it difficult to deal with seeing the residents suffering, securing PPE and trying to get medical help. She said: “He wasn’t afraid of catching it, he was afraid of spreading it.” The inquest heard Mr Hough was found by police in their car park on May 21 with a wound to his head from a shotgun. He ran the Gwastad Hall Nursing Home in a 19th century country house in Wrexham, caring for 40 residents. Assistant coroner for North Wales East and Central, David Pojur, recorded a conclusion of suicide at the Ruthin inquest. He said: “This is a very sad death, when the pressure of working through the pandemic had overwhelmed your husband.” Mr Pojur said the situation had affected his mental health and “it became too much for him.”



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