North West Wales

Open verdict in forgery-accused solicitor Gareth Evans's death

Morfa Bychan Image copyright Dara Jasumani
Image caption The body of Gareth Evans was found at Morfa Bychan in January

A coroner has recorded an open verdict in the death of a Gwynedd solicitor facing forgery charges whose body was found on a beach.

Gareth Evans, 64, of Llanbedr, was found washed up at Morfa Bychan, near Porthmadog on 3 January.

An inquest at Llangefni heard his body was found fully-clothed in a pin-striped suit. He had drowned.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones said: "The evidence doesn't show how Gareth Evans died."

Mr Evans, a former deputy high sheriff of Meirionnydd and ex-clerk to Dolgellau town council, left home on the morning of 2 January after kissing his wife goodbye and asking what was for supper.

He never arrived at work and his car was found parked at Barmouth.

Mr Evans, a father-of-three, was due to appear before magistrates at Llandudno accused of forgery involving a Land Registry form in 2009.

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