A retired teacher drowned in a water butt in his garden after suffering from such severe insomnia that he became convinced he had a brain tumour, an inquest has heard.
Robert Steel, 65, was found face down in the four-foot deep tank at the back of his £700,000 home in Downton, Wiltshire, last August following months of struggling to sleep.
After he disappeared, an initial search by police failed to find Mr Steel but his stepdaughter then spotted his feet sticking out of the top of the butt.
Today, a coroner heard that the Mr Steel – a Green Party council candidate – had convinced himself he was suffering from a number of ailments, including diabetes, coronavirus and brain cancer.
Mr Steel stood for the Green Party in the 2017 Wiltshire Council elections and was described by party member Michael Pope as 'a lovely chap – a great chap' who was 'a very active …