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Historic sex offence allegations ‘clearly weighed on’ vicar who incinerated himself

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The coroner in the case of a Church of England vicar who incinerated himself while being investigated for historic sex offences has said that the allegations ‘clearly weighed on him’ regardless of whether or not they were true.

Martyn Neale, 60, was found dead at his rectory in the village of Hawley, Hampshire, by his sister Janis Chandler on July 25 – eight days after he was initially arrested by the Metropolitan Police regarding offences allegedly committed 20 years ago.

Hawley Church, where Rev Martyn Neale was rector.Geograph/Brendan and Ruth McCartney

The North East Hampshire Coroner, Andrew Bradley, yesterday told the inquest at Basingstoke Coroner’s Court: ‘I do not and cannot look at these other than as allegations made. The relevance of them is that they have been made.’

Bradley, who recorded a conclusion of suicide, said that Neale died as a result of ‘extensive third degree burns’.

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