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Firm pays tribute to ‘true gentleman’ estate agent found dead at home

Hunters CEO says 68-year-old Roger Cahalin will be greatly missed by his colleagues in Barrow, where he had worked for three years.

Nigel Lewis

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National chain Hunters has paid tribute to an estate agent employee who died in mysterious circumstances this summer.

A coroner found that there was no explanation as to how estate agent Roger Cahalin suffered a cut to his wrist which led to his death. The 68-year-old, who had worked for the firm’s Barrow branch since 2017, was found at his home in Birch Close on 23rd July after boss Graeme MacLeod called the police when he didn’t show up for a property viewing.

glynis frew estate agent huntersHunters MD Glynis Frew (pictured) tells The Negotiator : “We were saddened to hear of the passing away of Roger, a well-liked and valued ‘true gentleman’ within the Hunters family. Our thoughts are with family and friends during this hard time.

Cahalin worked as an ‘accompanied viewer’ for the Barrow region and was described by the company only a few months ago as having ‘excellent communication skills and great enthusiasm for the role’.

The coroner’s court in Cockermouth heard that the father-of-two was last seen by his neighbour in the back garden the day before. MacLeod said he was told that Cahalin had not attended a house viewing. He added: “I drove to his address and his car was parked outside and the curtains were drawn and there was no answer at the door. When I came back later on there was still no answer and the curtains were still drawn.”

Found at home

MacLeod called the police who found Cahalin was dead, with a bandaged cut on his left wrist. Police statements reported no suspicious circumstances but described finding a smashed glass which did not have any blood on, suggesting the injury was not self-inflicted.

A toxicology report found 350 milligrams per decilitre of blood which the toxicologist suggested would cause extreme drunkenness, but that the impact of the alcohol would depend on his tolerance. Cause of death was given as left wrist laceration with a contributing factor being acute alcohol intoxication and coronary artery atheroma (heart disease).

Outside work Cahalin was a keen golfer that loved travelling abroad, and playing the guitar and banjo.

December 15, 2021

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