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Lincoln wife row millionaire shot himself, inquest told

A millionaire Lincoln businessman died of gunshot wounds just minutes after threatening his wife, an inquest has heard.

Jonathan Wraith, 35, of Brampton, threatened to "scalp" Paula Wraith in a row over their future on 27 December.

Minutes later his body was found nearby with gunshot wounds to the head, Lincoln Coroner's Court was told.

West Lincolnshire coroner Stuart Fisher returned an open verdict, saying Mr Wraith had been "affected" by the row.

'Emotional discussion'

Mr Wraith made millions from the sale of a portable accommodation firm in 2007 and retired to run the Brampton and Thonock Park Shoot, which organises partridge and pheasant shoots.

On the evening of his death, the father of two had been drinking and warned his wife of six years he would "end" things.

After he stormed out Mrs Wraith alerted her father-in-law David, a former chairman of Football League side Scunthorpe United, and a former director of car firm Godfrey Davis, and it was he who found the body.

Mr Fisher said: "Mr Wraith had been affected by the emotional discussion that had taken place with his wife.

"In all of the circumstances I propose to return an open verdict in this case."

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