Vicar Accused Of Historic Sexual Offences Kills Self
A Church of England vicar accused of historic sexual offences "incinerated himself" with a can of petrol in the garden of his vicarage, an inquest heard.
Martyn Neale, 60, was being investigated by the Metropolitan Police in relation to sexual offences committed 20 years ago.
Eight days after his arrest, his charred body was found in the garden on July 25 by his sister , Janis Chandler.
North East Hampshire Coroner Andrew Bradley said the allegations against Mr Neale had "clearly weighed on him", regardless of whether they were true or not.
A post-mortem found his body was covered in "near-total third degree burns and blackening by soot", and he could only be identified by dental records.
The inquest heard Ms Chandler had arranged the previous evening for Mr Neale to pick her up so they could spend the day with their parents.
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