Mystery surrounds death of ‘extremely well-liked’ Derbyshire man found hanged from a tree

Chesterfield coroners' court.
Chesterfield coroners' court.

Mystery surrounds the death of a popular young man who was found hanged from a tree near his home.

Keaton Holland, 21, was discovered by his mother on the morning of Tuesday, May 13 last year.

Mr Holland was described as “extremely well-liked” during an inquest at Chesterfield coroners’ court this afternoon.

The inquest heard Mr Holland had been struggling to deal with the death of a friend.

However, coroner James Newan ruled there was not enough evidence to suggest the popular young man intended to take his own life and recorded an open verdict.

On Monday, May 12, Mr Holland, of Masefield Avenue, Holmewood, spent the day with a friend, Justin Deakin.

They watched football at another friend’s house before Mr Holland returned to his home at about 11.45pm.

The inquest was told Mr Holland’s father, Dean Holland, went to bed shortly after midnight and heard his son leave the house.

At about 7.30am, Mr Holland’s mother, Jade Holland, was walking her dogs along a much-used footpath off Masefield Avenue when she found her son.

A passing workman provided assistance by cutting the noose and police and paramedics were called.

Mr Holland was pronounced dead at 8am.

Mrs Holland said her son had been struggling to come to terms with the death of a friend who was killed in a motorbike crash.

But she added: “The last time I saw him was on the Monday and he seemed his normal self.”

The inquest heard Mr Holland, who had no past medical history, had not shown signs of being unwell before his death. No notes had been left.

PC David McAllister, of Derbyshire police, told the court: “Mr Holland seemed like a very happy and genuine chap.”

Recording the open verdict, Mr Newman said: “I do not have enough evidence to rule he took his own life or he died through misadventure.

“I can’t find reasons for why Mr Holland died the way he did.”

He added: “The impression I get is that Mr Holland was extremely well-liked.

“I understand his funeral was one of the best-attended at the church – a sure indication of how loved he was.”

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