Retired vet from Exmouth intended drug overdose, inquest heard.

PUBLISHED: 12:07 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 23 August 2017

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.


Exmouth man Peter Moodie, 82, who was found dead at his Parkside Lane home, commited suicide by drug overdose, an inquest has ruled.

A retired vet from Exmouth who had a ‘massive amount’ of painkillers in his blood intended to take his own life, an inquest heard.

Peter Moodie, 82, was found dead in his Parkside Lane home by his wife on February 20.

A hearing at County Hall this week was told Mr Moodie had a history of rheumatoid arthritis and insomnia and had been prescribed painkillers.

He had maintained an active life, walking two miles every day to get his newspaper.

The inquest heard how, on the day of Mr Moodie’s death, his wife of 56 years Jean had left him at home while she went out for the morning.

When she returned just after noon she found him in bed and left him to sleep.

At around 2pm, she came to ask him if he wanted a drink, but could not get a response from him and called 999.

Paramedics pronounced Mr Moodie dead at the scene.

In a statement read to the inquest, Mrs Moodie said: “We have a large family with many grandchildren who he adored.

“He was thrilled to hear that his son Ross and his partner were to get married. He did everything he could to ensure we had a good family life.”

Reaching a conclusion of suicide, coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland said: “I am quite satisfied that Mr Moodie was most definitely of sound mind at the time of his death.

“It is inconceivable that he did not know the consequences in taking the amount of drugs that killed him. He must have known the affect they would have had.

“He must have intended the consequences of his actions. My conclusion, beyond reasonable doubt, is suicide.”

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