Police ‘had monitored Hackman’s situation’
11:28am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
POLICE have moved to clarify their role in the lead up to the death of David Hackman following his inquest yesterday.
The 74-year-old, of Hythe Road, died after jumping off the Islington Street car park in June last year and an inquest heard yesterday how he had become desperate after being swindled by a young man who lived with him.
Salisbury Coroners’ Court heard Mr Hackman lived with a man called Vito Mazzatto, who witnesses said owed money to a loan shark and that David was asked to keep paying off.
A friend of Mr Hackman’s phoned Wiltshire Police to report a welfare concern but when officers went to speak to the pensioner he said he was fine and he was not a victim.
The claim was also made that police were looking for Mr Mazzatto but the force has since stated this is not the case. A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “Officers did speak to Mr Hackman on several occasions following concerns from a member of the public that he might be the victim of financial exploitation.
“Mr Hackman told officers on more than one occasion that this was not the case. The situation was further monitored by Wiltshire Police but no further action was taken.”