Bull death ruled accident

Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 06/12 10:14

THE FAMILY of an Inkberrow farmer claimed he could have provoked the attack which killed him, an inquest heard.

Colin John Collins, aged 75 and of Worcester Road, was found dead on August 2 this year at Quarry Pitts Farm when an employee saw him lying face down in a field.

Evidence suggested he was attacked by a bull after post-mortem results showed injuries including ten fractured ribs, damage to his pelvis and tearing of the aorta and liver.

But family members such as his son Philip believed he may have antagonised the bull.

Speaking in court on Friday (November 30), he said: "My father had a lot of financial problems. He had considerable borrowings for that time. Since his death an awful lot has come to light.

"He had asked close friends to go in to partnership with him before, but they turned him down. He was making enquiries about his life policy. It was the first thing that crossed myself and my brothers' minds."

He claimed Mr Collins may have thought he would recover from the accident like one of his sons who had been attacked by a cow in 2007 and survived.

He added a eulogy had also been written by a friend before his death and he left his cap - which he never took off - on top of his car which was parked away from the field, making him question his father's mental state.

But witness statements from workers on the farm said Mr Collins had seemed 'happy and normal' the morning of his death and was aware of the dangers that arose from working with cattle.

Andrew Smith, who had worked at the farm for 35 years, said: "Farmers are aware you never, ever trust a bull. He was always the boss. One of the cows may have been in season and the bull wanted to be close to her and if Mr Collins was trying to take her away, that's a possibility."

Fellow worker Gary Roberts said when he found Mr Collins his clothes were filthy with mud and the bull also had dirt on its face.

"The bull had exciting moments, skipping about but mainly he was fine. You could scratch him behind the ears."

A jury returned a verdict Mr Collins had died as the result of an accident.

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