A FORMER circuit judge died after falling while out walking, a Shropshire coroner has ruled.

Janet Ruth Case, 80 and of Croeswylan Lane in Oswestry, was out walking on Sunday, May 6 when she fell and hit her head on the ground.

An ambulance was called and she was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital at around 7.30pm where she presented with symptoms of an ‘optical headache’.

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However, a CT scan showed she had suffered a fractured skull and doctors decided the extent of her injuries meant she was not eligible for surgery.

She died 24 hours later.

Shropshire coroner John Ellery concluded her death was accidental.