Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hanged Barrister Had Money Worries

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hanged Barrister Had Money Worries

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A BARRISTER found hanged at his farmhouse home had financial worries, an inquest into his death was told.

The wife of Warren Grier got up to discover her husband's body at their home in Waldridge Lane, Chester-le-Street, on August 2 last year.

Vivienne Grier contacted police and alerted other residents living near the property.

Mr Grier, a 46-year-old father-of-two, was a practising criminal barrister on the North East court circuit, having previously worked as a clerk at Sunderland Magistrates' Court.

The inquest heard that he watched television with his wife on the evening of August 1 before retiring to bed as usual.

Detective Sergeant Joanne Long told the hearing, at the Coroner's Court, in Crook, County Durham, that Mr Grier got up during the night and that his wife found him at about 6am, shortly after his death.

Det Sgt Long said: "We're satisfied there was no third-party involvement or suspicious circumstances.

"He was under financial pressure relating to a business venture. …

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