A retired SAS hero, who helped rescue British soldiers in Sierra Leone in 2000, was killed after getting trapped under a three-tonne trailer, an inquest has heard.
Guy Homan, 53, became a member of 3 PARA in 1983, served in Oman in 87, and scaled Everest in 2006.
His wife Holly, 43, found him trapped under the trailer at the industrial unit he rented in Tillington, Hereford, on July 4th.
Detective Inspector Susan Clarke of West Mercia Police told his inquest she believed the death was a "deliberate act" as Mr Homan could easily have reached a button to stop the tipper, according to the Telegraph.
However, Assistant Deputy Coroner for Herefordshire Mark Bricknell ruled out a verdict of suicide. Recording an open verdict, he said:
"I'm not quite sure he did intend to take his own life. I think he gave consideration to it and he had prepared for it but he was a knowledgeable man."
"He was clearly in a difficult place and people who give consideration to suicide don't always think rationally.
"It seems to me having gone through the mechanics he could have made more sure of his death."
"I am therefore not satisfied he did intend to take his own life when he did so." Mrs Homan added:
"There was no decision made by him.
"He was a devoted father and husband. We had planned the holiday of a lifetime to the Shetland Islands. I believe it was a moment of utter madness and entirely unplanned".
Mr Homan met his wife in 1999 while on tour in Northern Island with the SAS.
The following year he participated in Operation Barras to rescue five British peacekeepers in Sierra Leone who'd been taken hostage by a local militia known as the "West Side Boys".
The country was a former British colony and experienced political upheaval after it gained independence in 1961.
British forces were deployed there to evacuate foreign citizens after a civil war started.
Some of the soldiers involved became hostages and were later freed by the SAS.
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