Oamaru death was self-inflicted - coroner

July 30, 2019 - 05:26 PM - 366 views

A coroner has found the death of an Oamaru man in 2015 to be self-inflicted.

Wayne John Ross (46), was found dead at an Arun St cake shop he co-owned with his wife, Kelly Ross, on June 13, 2015.

An inquest into the death of Mr Ross, presided over by Coroner Sue Johnson, of Christchurch, started at the Oamaru District Court yesterday and concluded this morning.

After hearing evidence from several witnesses over the course of the inquest, she determined the there was no suspicious circumstances around the death of Mr Ross.

"I am satisfied on the evidence that Mr Ross' death was self-inflicted,'' she told members of the Ross family and supporters at the inquest.

"I realise how difficult it has been for you to relive the circumstances of Wayne's death.''

Speaking after the inquest, Mrs Ross told the Otago Daily Times the process had been difficult for the family of Mr Ross to endure.

"He was a family man, loved his kids and his family. I just don't wish this on anyone.''

Mr Ross' father, John Ross, declined to comment.

Coroner Johnson made an order that no evidence heard at the trial over the two days be reported further by media.

Her inquiry into the death of Mr Ross would continue, she said. 


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