Husband strangled his wife

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A PRISON officer killed his wife and then hanged himself, an inquest has confirmed.

Robert Holden strangled Nicola Holden with a belt in the bedroom of their home at Low Lane, Torrisholme, on March 4 earlier this year.

He then hanged himself from a loft beam in the kitchen doorway, having left a suicide note.

Det Supt Neil Esseen, senior investigating officer in the charge of the case, told the inquest at Preston Coroners Court that Mr Holden’s mother had found her son’s body hanging in the doorway and had gone to a neighbour, who had then contacted police and paramedics.

At that time, she was only aware her son had died.

After police arrived, Mr Holden was found dead on the floor in the kitchen doorway.

He had tied a ligature round a beam which had been placed across a loft hatch and stepladders were on the floor underneath him.

It emerged he had been moved by paramedics who had cut the ligature to attend to him.

Police found Mrs Holden in the master bedroom with a wide belt around her neck.

There were no obvious signs of a struggle in the bedroom, hall or the rest of the house.

A note was found in the kitchen written by Robert Holden admitting that he had killed his wife and committed suicide.

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