Widower commits suicide at quarry beauty spot

Mon, 19 Aug 2013

An inquest has heard that Geoffrey Godrich, 82, killed himself by throwing himself from the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor on August 15 last year.

Mr Godrich had been depressed at his wife’s death and his failing physical health. The court heard that he pushed himself off the 12-metre high ledge and hit his head on rocks about halfway down then landed on his back. He had left a suicide note for his family.

A climbing group was gathered at the bottom of the cliff when Mr Goodrich fell, and one member, a paramedic, carried out CPR for at least ten minutes before conceding that his injuries were too severe for him to survive.

Dr David Gouldesbrough told the court that the cause of death was multiple injuries to the head, spine and chest.

Assistant Coroner Caroline Sumeray recorded a verdict of suicide.

Please click here to read the full story as reported by the Telegraph and Argus

Please click here to view the profile for Caroline Sumeray.

Related articles

Pilots may be the subject of a prosecution when flying single engine aircraft in the vicinity of major conurbations, as distinct from flying over a city centre....

Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2010
David Lock of No5 chambers is representing Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust in the Inquest into the death of David Grey and Iris Edwards, who both died following treatment by a German locum doctor, Dr Ubani....

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010
Ralph Lewis QC leads Gordon Wignall, Henry Pitchers and Matthew Brunning in a Group Litigation case....

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010