Welsh chief may face in­quest on min­is­ter’s death

Daily Mail - - News - By James Tozer

WELSH First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones could be called be­fore an in­quest into the death of sacked min­is­ter Carl Sargeant, it emerged yes­ter­day.

Coroner John Git­tins said he planned to take a state­ment from Mr Jones, who has been heav­ily crit­i­cised for com­ment­ing on grop­ing al­le­ga­tions against the 49year-old days be­fore he was found dead.

The coroner said he would not con­sider whether there was any truth in the ac­cu­sa­tions that led to Mr Sargeant’s sack­ing from the Welsh As­sem­bly. But he would ex­am­ine steps taken ‘to have re­gard to his men­tal wel­fare prior to his death’.

Friends said Mr Jones’ com­ments ‘fu­elled Carl’s de­spair’ and ques­tioned why he hadn’t sim­ply been sus­pended from his post. Mr Sargeant had been re­moved from his cab­i­net role over al­le­ga­tions of ‘un­wanted at­ten­tion, in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing or grop­ing’.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ment in the row that has rocked Labour came as it was re­vealed the fa­ther-of-two was found hanged at his home in Con­nah’s Quay, North Wales, last Tues­day by his wife af­ter she dis­cov­ered a note on the util­ity room door.

The mes­sage told Ber­nadette Sargeant not to en­ter and in­stead call po­lice, but she went inside and dis­cov­ered his body on the floor, the open­ing of his in­quest was told. The hear­ing was ad­journed.

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