An inquest in Manchester heard today how 52-year-old identical twin brothers were found dead by a dog walker not long after their benefits were stopped, reported the Manchester Evening News.
Neil and Paul Micklewright had their benefits stopped after the death of their mother resulted in them receiving £40,000 inheritance, but the inquest reported that the pair only had a few pounds in their bank accounts at the time of their death.
The pair were said by assistant coroner Jason Wells to have notes in their pockets which were “essentially identical” when they were found by a dog walker in Davyhulme Park in Urmston, Greater Manchester, with an additional letter found in the twins’ home last July.
The brothers had lived together their entire life, first with their parents until their father Ron passed away in 1990, then after the passing of their mother, Joan, in 2014, they moved to their own flat. Their sister Julie called the pair “introverted,” and added: “They were very close, sometimes to the exclusion of others.”
She told the Manchester Evening News that the twins had struggled to comprehend why their benefits had been stopped, but were “too proud” to get back on benefits when their funds were running low. It is her belief that concerns regarding their finances had a profound impact on them.
Julie said: “I think they struggled socially and I think it all just got on top of them.
“They were very proud people who perhaps weren’t dealt the best hand in life.”Get your copy of UNITE Magazine