A WIDOW described a violent argument with her husband before she found his body hanging from the loft hatch of their Ellesmere Port home.
An inquest into 33-year-old Barry David Aston’s death at Chester Magistrates Court last week heard how the painter and decorator and keen bodybuilder had been taking steroids in the weeks leading up to his death and had seemed more agitated and stressed than usual.
Heather Aston, 29, of Capenhurst Lane, told Cheshire coroner Michael Wallbank how her and her husband of seven years had enjoyed an evening at home with her parents.
Administration officer Mrs Aston described how, after her parents had left at about 9pm on August 4, 2009, her husband had become argumentative and accused her of burning their dinner as the couple lay in bed.
She said: “I can’t even really remember what the argument was about, it was all over nothing. It was just like he wanted to argue.”
In an attempt to diffuse the situation, she went downstairs but Mr Aston followed her and continued the argument, alleging he had been seeing someone else.
She said: “I know there was no truth in that, he was just trying to argue.”
The confrontation continued upstairs, in a spare bedroom.
As Mrs Aston – who told the inquest they rarely argued – tried to leave the room, her husband pushed her back inside and the pair scuffled before Mr Aston punched her several times in the face and head.
She said: “He’d never hit me before. He would have gone mad had someone else done that to me.”
Mrs Aston said she couldn’t be sure if she had lost consciousness but eventually she became aware of a ‘rustling’ noise on the landing.
She said: “I got up off the floor to go to the bathroom, so I had to go across the landing and that’s where I found him.”
She managed to cut down her husband’s body and start CPR before calling an ambulance. Paramedics managed to revive Mr Aston but he was pronounced dead at the Countess of Chester Hospital nine days later.
Mr Wallbank concluded it would be impossible to confirm how steroid had affected Mr Aston’s moods and recorded a verdict of suicide.