Monday, 10 December 2012

Suicide By Bull?

Emailed in by Robert H, from The Malvern Gazette:

A farmer was found dead in a field after he was killed by his own cattle, an inquest was told. Colin Collins’ body was discovered by farm labourer Gary Roberts at Quarry Pitts Farm, Worcester Road, Inkberrow, on August 2...

Mr Collins had worked with cattle all his life and was a competent farmer. The inquest was also told there had been a rift in the family and Mr Collins was under financial pressures. Philip Collins, the middle of Mr Collins’ three sons, said the family had concerns about his state of mind after documents were found, including a eulogy, and speculated that Mr Collins may have deliberately antagonised the bull.

Mr Smith and Mr Roberts, who had both known Mr Collins, of Worcester Road, Inkberrow, for more than 30 years, said he had never given any indication that he was depressed or himself. A jury of nine men and women recorded a verdict of accidental death.