Login Register

No explanation for why St Ives chef killed himself

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

Connor Molyneux-Greenfield.

Comments (0)

MYSTERY surrounds the sudden death of a former St Ives chef found hanged at his home last Christmas, an inquest heard.

Former army cadet Connor Molyneux-Greenfield was discovered dead at his shared house in Birmingham on December 27 last year.

But an inquest heard Mr Molyneux-Greenfield, who moved to St Ives with his family when he was 18 months old, did not leave a note or letter explaining his actions.

Birmingham coroner Aiden Cotter recorded an open verdict on the 20-year-old.

He said he could not be sure that Mr Molyneux-Greenfield intended to die but was certain he killed himself in a "moment of stress".

Mr Cotter said: "I don't know if it was an accident or intentional. But I am entirely satisfied that Connor took his own life.

"It must have been a moment of stress because Connor was not under the influence of drink or drugs.

"If he did not intend to take his life it was a stupid thing to do."

Sutton Coldfield Coroner's Court heard that neighbour Jennifer Evans was asked to check on Mr Molyneux-Greenfield's health by his father Ian because he had not heard from his son for several days.

Mrs Evans went to his home and saw him through the letterbox.

She called another neighbour and they broke down the door and called the emergency services but they could not revive him.

PC Matthew Moore, of West Midlands Police, said there was no sign of a crime at the property.

He said a games console in the dead man's bedroom had been placed on "pause" mode ready to resume activity.

Mr Cotter said Mr Molyneux-Greenfield had consulted his doctor twice in the past year for depression but he could not say for certain if he had wanted to die.

The chef was born in Birmingham but moved to St Ives with his family as a young child before returning to the Midlands to further his career.

His funeral, held in St Ives in January, heard he had been a member of many local clubs, including St Ives Beavers and Scouts, was a member of a surf lifesaving club and played prop for the Cornish Pirates' youth rugby team.

Until he moved away from the area, Connor was also a member of the St Ives Judo Club, where he gained a blue belt.

Guests at the funeral also heard that he was an avid member of the army cadets, attending every week and joining annual camps as well as helping out with younger members. The young man had also been involved in boxing and had taken part in several white-collar fights.

Read more from The Cornishman

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters