Stowmarket/Great Finborough: Sex inquiry teacher left instructions for loved ones before taking his own life

A TEACHER who was arrested on suspicion of sex assaults on pupils in the 1980s left detailed instructions for his family and friends before committing suicide, an inquest heard.

The body of Alan Williams was discovered at his home address in Stowupland Street, Stowmarket, on June 10 last year, eight days after detectives investigating the allegations made by former pupils of St George’s School in Great Finborough extended his police bail.

The 59-year-old was employed as a music teacher at Ashfold School in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, at the time of his arrest on February 5.

The inquest, held in Bury St Edmunds, heard how Mr Williams’ sister Gill Ward had grown concerned for the welfare of her brother as she had been unable to make contact with him.

Pc Philip Jones arrived at the address at 11.23am, entering though the unlocked conservatory.

He found the occupant - subsequently identified as being Mr Williams by his sister - lying on his side in his pyjamas in bed, unresponsive, and with a book lying open next to him.

Paramedic Cindy Coshall arrived and confirmed death at 11.43am.

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The inquest heard how six sealed individually-addressed envelopes were located in the lounge area and empty packets of tablets.

There was also a copy of the Testament lying on the bedside cabinet and various instructions were found at the scene itself.

The inquest heard how Mr Williams was “clearly an organised man and had prepared detailed instructions for family and friends”.

Toxicology results revealed a mixture of different medications present in the blood.

Cause of death was given as multiple drug overdose with ischaemic and hypertensive heart disease with acute left ventricular failure as a contributory factor.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “It is clear from all the circumstances - of the notes, all the various pieces of evidence arising from the scene - Mr Williams clearly understood and intended the consequences of his actions, so I’m therefore going to record a verdict that he took his own life.”

Mr Williams, who was born in Liverpool, was suspended from Ashfold School the day after his arrest last year.

St George’s former headteacher Derek Slade was jailed for 21 years after being convicted of more than 50 offences including child sex abuse, beatings and child pornography.

A long-running inquiry into complaints of sexual abuse made by ex-pupils of the former St George’s School continued after Slade’s imprisonment following his trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Mr Williams was arrested as part of this inquiry.

The former St George’s School was originally based in Wicklewood, near Wymondham, Norfolk, before relocating to Great Finborough, near Stowmarket.

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