Open verdict over 59-year-old’s death

THE FAMILY of a man found dead at the foot of Beachy Head have told a coroner they do not think the 59-year-old intended to take his life.

Morris Church was found at the foot of cliffs on September 24, 2010 after being reported missing from his home in Whitebeam Avenue, Bromley, by his wife.

An inquest into Mr Church’s death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday morning (March 17).

Coroner Alan Craze was told Mr Church had counselling for depression in 1997 and had gone back to the doctors with a low mood in 2006. There were no other episodes of depression or mental health issues on his record.

Mr Stephenson, Mr Church’s step-son, described him as ‘happy go lucky’ and said they enjoyed fishing together.

He added, “I don’t think he had taken his own life. I think he would have spoken to a member of the family or sought professional help.”

Mr Church’s body was found by a homeless man, who reported the grim discovery to the Dotto train driver outside the Holywell cafe.

The train driver alerted coastguards who recovered Mr Church’s body from the foot of cliffs.

Mr Craze recorded an open verdict.