Retired Shropshire bank manager, 55, died in fall

By Rob Smith | Ellesmere | News | Published:

A former bank manager died after being found by her husband at the bottom of the stairs in their Welshampton home.

Shirehall, where John Ellery sat to conduct the inquest online

Sally-Anne Jarrett, who was 55, suffered a fall while her husband Martin was out walking their dogs on February 9, an inquest heard yesterday.

She had complained of a "splitting headache" earlier in the day when the couple had been out.

The inquest took place online over a meeting app with Shropshire's head coroner John Ellery sitting alone in Shirehall, in Shrewsbury.

He said that the family was content for the inquest to go ahead without their presence.

Mrs Jarrett, née Harris, was born in Redditch and worked as a bank manager before she retired. She lived with her husband at Robin's Grove in Welshampton, near Ellesmere.


The inquest heard from Mr Jarrett, who said that the two had been out earlier that day before cutting their trip short when his wife complained of a headache.

Mrs Jarrett stayed at home that afternoon while he walked the dogs, and when he returned he found her lying on her side at the bottom of the stairs.


A nearby plant pot on a metal stand had been knocked over, and there was blood coming from Mrs Jarrett's ear, the statement said.

Mr Jarrett called the emergency services and performed CPR. Paramedics arrived and Mrs Jarrett was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police did not suspect foul play, Mr Ellery said. A pathologist report found that she had a fracture at the base of her skull.

Mr Ellery's verdict was that Mrs Jarrett's death was accidental.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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