Mystery over Valentine’s Day death

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A BIKER left with a legacy of injuries from a crash was found dead in his prized motorcycle workshop.

An inquest heard that at one point Wayne Thomas Ollerton was in such excruciating pain despite being prescribed morphine by doctors that he pulled two of his teeth out with a pair of pliers from his tool box.

But the Wigan Coroner decided that the 47-year-old didn’t intentionally take his own life on February 14, earlier this year.

A Valentine’s card to his wife Lisa found by police who discounted suspicious circumstances had only “ambiguous” phrases.

And a series of witnesses described welder and engineer Mr Ollerton as such a careful planner of his life “bordering on OCD” that if he had intended suicide he wouldn’t have left the television blaring or the front door of his home in Danes Avenue, Hindley, on the catch.

The hearing was also told that the caring grandfather would also never have risked the shock and upset to his family and beloved grandson Louis of finding his body if he had pre-planned the event.

A post mortem revealed that he had a cocktail of prescription pain killers - although none at anywhere near overdose levels - in his blood, along with twice the legal driving limit of alcohol.

Recording a narrative verdict, Coroner Jennifer Leeming decided the father-of-one had hung himself while his judgement had been affected by the consumption of prescribed medicines and alcohol and his intention was “therefore unclear.”

His widow, Lisa Ollerton, said that her husband was a motorcycle fanatic and Isle of Man TT regular who also loved to service and maintain his and his many two wheeler mates’ machines.

She said that one of the deciding factors when the couple moved to their home had been the large domestic garage’s suitability for transforming into his “dream” bike workshop which also became a meeting point for his many bikers friends.

They had enjoyed a happy marriage for 27 years although Wayne, who was said to have a high pain threshhold, had continued to struggle after injuring his spine, neck and face in a bike crash as he rode home from work in 2007.

But, despite battling the pain with a four times a day morphine dose and other prescribed medicines, he remained positive, doting on his grandson.

He attended bike rallies and events although he would need a day in bed to recover from riding.

He had occasionally said that he wished he would “never wake up” because of the continuing pain in his back, but Mrs Ollerton said this was always delivered without any conviction.

She knew something was wrong after being contacted because Mr Ollerton hadn’t picked up his grandson from school.

He had been looking forward to sharing Valentine’s evening with Lisa and had been consulting her on the steak meal he was going to treat the couple to.

Mrs Ollerton said: “When I spoke to him he seemed absolutely fine - he gave no inclination whatsoever that anything was wrong.”

Mr Ollerton’s neighbour and pal Phil Clark said: “He had been talking excitedly about opening up his caravan in Grange in a fortnight and making plan for bike rallies and looking forward to Valentine’s Day with Lisa when I last talked to him.”