‘Popular’ dad took his own life after paedophile claims

A dad took his personal life after claims had been made on Fb about him being a paedophile, an inquest heard. Anthony Haley, 41, went lacking Cornwall on September 22, 2021 and his physique was present in woods later that month on September 30.

Anthony was described as a “funny and outgoing joker of the pack” who was ‘shocked’ on the allegations made on-line, CornwallLive reviews. His associate mentioned he had no different considerations however went lacking shortly after the claims and by no means returned dwelling.

An inquest into the loss of life of the dad and South West Water worker heard from his associate Leeann Notley. Ms Notley informed the inquest how she met Anthony after they had been in Poltair College collectively however went alternative ways in life, with Mr Haley becoming a member of the Royal Navy and shifting away and them each coming into different marriages.

Nevertheless, they spoke at any time when they ran into one another when he returned dwelling they usually ultimately began speaking on Fb and entered right into a relationship collectively. Ms Notley mentioned: “He’s always been funny, outgoing and well-liked. At school he was the joker of the pack.”

She described how they acquired collectively in 2019 including that Mr Haley returned dwelling to stay the next 12 months. She mentioned: “The connection acquired stronger and stronger and we at all times had amusing collectively and would stroll down the road hand in hand. We had been a bit like passing ships with work however at all times made the more often than not we had collectively.”

Ms Notley went on to state how shortly before Mr Haley went missing there was a falling out with his ex-wife Tracey and claims were made by someone on Facebook that he was a paedophile and took a girl’s virginity. After seeing the online allegations, he told Ms Notley he was shocked and didn’t know what to do.

He went missing in St Austell, Cornwall, shortly after, falsely telling his employee that his partner had had a seizure and he needed to be with her but he never returned home and his body was found in Pentewan Woods more than a week later. Ms Notley added: “He had no other concerns and when he left home he was his usual self.”

The inquest then heard from Mr Haley’s mum Lynette Haley. She spoke of her son as someone who was “popular and had many friends”. She described his relationship with his ex-wife as volatile and the inquest was told that Tracey had mental health issues herself.

Anthony was said to have been enjoying life at South West Water and living back in Cornwall before the allegations – which “actually upset Ant” – were made. His mum described how he would try and keep the peace with Tracey. Ms Haley said her son was “greatly missed and loved by us all”.

A statement from Tracey described how her marriage with Ms Haley was volatile and broke down due to his alcohol consumption and affairs. She said after the allegations were made online he came to her house where he was showed the message. She said: “His face dropped and he went as white as a ghost. He said ‘what the f**k’ and that he had to go.”

A police officer told the inquest that the allegation had been reported to them and that a number of suicide notes were found with Mr Haley’s body.

Senior coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox said there was no evidence of any third party involvement or suspicious circumstances around Anthony’s death. He returned a conclusion of suicide before expressing his condolences to the family.

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