Tasered ex-soldier ‘not killed by an electric shock’
A FORMER soldier, who died in the aftermath of being Tasered by police, was not killed by the electric shock, an inquest has heard.
Ex-sergeant Spencer Beynon, 43, was hit with up to 50,000 volts and died in June 2016 after neighbours raised concerns about his behaviour to police.
An earlier hearing was told how Mr Beynon was hit with the Taser after “charging” at officers in the street.
The ex-soldier, who toured Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and had turned to using cannabis after his release from the Army more than five years ago.
But the inquest heard how experts for DyfedPowys Police denied that the Taser had killed the former soldier.
Police force barrister Barney Branson said: “Three experts are of the unanimous view that a Taser was not the cause of death.
“He was Tasered after he had injured himself. It played no part in the cause of death.”
The inquest at Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire heard calls had been made to have Mr Beynon sectioned for his own safety – but these calls were not acted upon by police.
Sophie Khan, representing the family, said: “A few hours later there was an incident where he ended up with an injury.
“When the police attended the scene and saw Spencer Beynon bleeding they had an obligation to provide him with first aid, to protect his life.
“That did not happen. The Taser was then discharged and Spencer died.”
He was found by officers in the street in Llanelli after suffering a neck wound. Mr Beynon had returned to Wales from Iraq in December 2007 and took part in a homecoming parade, welcomed back by hundreds of people who lined the streets.
The inquest was adjourned for further evidence with another hearing scheduled for December this year.
Spencer Beynon while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.