Couple died at Beachy Head following son’s arrest over child abuse photos: inquest hears

A NHS worker and his “totally devoted” mother threw themselves to their deaths at Beachy Head just days after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing child abuse pictures.

The bodies of Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Gosling, 81, and Christopher Gosling, 58, who lived together in Cardiff, were found at the foot of the cliffs on March 21.

An inquest at Eastbourne heard this week that Mr Gosling has been arrested two days before they died and was freed on police bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Sergeant David Tye said Mr Gosling had made “substantial admissions” during his interview with South Wales Police.

Mr Gosling’s police bail notice was discovered in his Vauxhall Vectra, which was found parked in a lay by near the Beachy Head Pub.

The couple had travelled down from their home and stayed at the Courtlands Hotel in Carlisle Road the night before they jumped to their deaths.

Hotel owner Sandeed Bawa said the couple told her they needed somewhere to stay as they had been in the town visiting a sick relative and it was too late to travel back to Wales.

Mrs Bawa said they left the following morning and the next she heard they had both died.

Josephine Carroll, Mrs Gosling’s niece, told the inquest the mother and son were very close.

She said Mr Gosling had been suffering personal problems and possibly depression.

Mr Gosling, an information change manager for NHS Wales, had sent in a hand-written resignation letter, which surprised his managers.

He was an only child, unmarried, had no children and was idolised by his mother.

Mrs Carroll said, “They were very happy living together. They were totally devoted to each other.”

She added: “I could see Betty taking this course of action if she thought her son was likely to be punished.

“For her there was no life without Christopher or if he had been imprisoned there would be no life for her. It is very tragic.”

Alan Craze, coroner for East Sussex, ruled the pair had committed suicide. He said, “I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Christopher took his own life. If that’s the case I can have no doubt that his mother took her own life.”