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Businessman's 'shotgun suicide'
Police at the scene at Mr Dowson's home
Mr Dowson shot himself following 'an incident'
A businessman shot himself in his back garden after suffering problems with his marriage and his travel company, an inquest in Powys has heard.

A verdict of suicide was recorded on Godfrey Dowson, 53, from Llanfyllin, who died on 6 July last year.

His mental state was called into question after his wife, friends and neighbours said he had "black moods".

Coroner Geraint Williams said Mr Dowson had also been concerned about "business matters".

However, the inquest heard that Mr Dowson had never been diagnosed with depression.

Things came to a head on 6 July last year after a gradual deterioration in Mr Dowson's mental state, Mr Williams told the hearing in Welshpool on Friday.

He explained that there was "an incident" between Mr and Mrs Dowson and she became concerned for her husband's "state of mind".

She and a friend phoned the police and officers later found Mr Dowson dead in his garden. A gun was nearby.

The inquest also heard evidence that Mr Dowson had been drinking in the weeks before his death and suffered from high blood pressure.

Mrs Dowson did not give evidence at the inquest.


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