Tasered ex-sol­dier ‘not killed by an elec­tric shock’

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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.

Pic­ture: Rowan Grif­fiths

Spencer Beynon while serv­ing in Afghanistan in 2009.

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