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Family wants case reopened over Wem man found dead in Kathmandu hotel

By Rob Smith | Wem | News | Published: | Last Updated:

The family of a Shropshire man who died in Nepal want the case into his death reopened, his inquest heard.

Kathmandu. Photo: Rüdiger Wenzel.

James Wells, 38, an IT technician from Wem, was found dead in his hotel room on February 10, 2017.

Shropshire Senior Coroner John Ellery told the inquest hearing at Telford & Wrekin Register Office that Mr Wells' family are not satisfied with the cause of death recorded by Nepalese authorities.

The coroner himself said that he was lacking evidence to determine the full circumstances of Mr Wells' death and recorded a narrative conclusion at yesterday's hearing

He told the court: "The authorities in Nepal believe it was a natural cause. That belief is not shared by the family and this court is unable to speculate as to what the cause of death may have been or what occurred inside the hotel room."

Mr Wells was found in his hotel, in Kathmandu, after he failed to check out.

The inquest heard that a master key was used to open his door, which had a 'do not disturb' sign hung from the handle.

Doctors in Nepal recorded the cause of death as probable acute diarrhoea with severe dehydration.

Mr Emery said: "We have not been provided with anymore information from Nepal so I cannot give a short-form conclusion, but I have been told his stepfather, Steve Band, plans to reopen the case through Nepalese lawyers."

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The coroner recorded a narrative conclusion. The hearing was told that Mr Wells had died inside a locked bedroom in a hotel in Nepal, in unknown circumstances from a cause of death which could not be determined.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith
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Reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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