Hunting death was accidental, coroner rules

  • The death of a solicitor who was crushed by his horse out hunting was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

    Tony Osborne, 66, was at a joint meet of the Cotley and Axe Vale on 2 March when his horse George slipped on a muddy track and fell on him.

    A toxicology report showed Mr Osborne had alcohol in his blood but deputy Exeter coroner Darren Salter said there was no evidence this had any relevance to his death, at the inquest at Devon County Hall on Thursday (11 August).

    Mr Osborne died from internal bleeding caused by crushing injuries, which left him with several broken ribs and a ruptured spleen, the postmortem showed.

    Mr Osborne lived in Membury, East Devon with his partner Sarah Wynne Evans. He was a father of three.

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