25 November 1999
Slump drives farmer to suicide

THE wife of a Welsh sheep farmer has been left with six children to raise on her own after her husband committed suicide out of despair.

An inquest was told Martyn Jones, 44, hanged himself in his lambing shed.

The coroner at Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, recorded a verdict of suicide.

Coroner John Hollis said: “Mr Jones simply did not want to carry on being a farmer, and who can blame him with the current crisis across the British Isles.”

Mr Jones was the third generation of his family to farm the 80.94ha (200 acre) hillside holding at Beulah in Powys. He was found by his wife, Sue, but he was already dead.

She has vowed to continue farming for the sake her children. The farm has 30 cattle and 500 sheep.