Hanged firefighter: Open verdict on Martin Sibley death

Martin Sibley
Image caption Martin Sibley had spoken with police shortly before he was found hanged at his Colchester home

Nobody will ever know what "was going through the mind" of a firefighter found hanged at home, a coroner has said.

Martin Sibley, 48, was pronounced dead by paramedics at his Colchester home in June.

The inquest in Chelmsford heard Mr Sibley had been "spoken to" by police "shortly before his death".

Caroline Beasley-Murray, the senior coroner for Essex, recorded an open verdict in the case.

She said it was impossible to "know what was going through his mind in the hour before his death".

The hearing was told Mr Sibley had been contacted by police in connection with their investigation into sex abuse claims within the fire service dating back to the 1980s.

A letter from Mr Sibley's mother was read to the inquest in which she said he "had panicked and did this".

No suicide note was found.

Mr Sibley had made an appointment to speak to police who said they had spoken to "a number of people" but no arrests had been made.

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