Woman crushed to death while moving horses between fields

  • A mother of two suffered fatal injuries when moving two horses between fields in November, an inquest in Kent heard last week (23 February).

    Rosemary Turnbull, from Marden, was reportedly moving the horses on as a hunt was due in the area when the accident happened on 12 November .

    The court in Maidstone heard that the 62-year-old suffered multiple injuries to her chest and heart.

    Her friend Jane Tipples told the court that she was helping to move the horses when she heard Mrs Turnbull “squeal” and turned to see her clutching her stomach.

    Mrs Turnball then collapsed and paramedics were called. An ambulance crew spent 40 minutes trying to revive her but she died at the scene.

    Pathologist Dr David Rouse told the inquest how the nature of Mrs Turnbull’s injuries ruled out the possibility of a naturally occurring death and said they were consistent with being crushed.

    Her husband John told the court it had been “extremely difficult” to come to terms with her death.

    “Rosemary was exceptionally loved by myself and our children Oliver and Joanna,” he added.

    “She was hugely popular and more than 200 people attended her funeral.”

    Coroner Patricia Harding adjourned the inquest in order to get further information from emergency services.

    Awaiting inquest

    The inquest into the death of a rider who died from injuries sustained while clipping a horse in January is scheduled to be heard in Norfolk next Monday (9 March).

    Mary Hancy, 55, from Norfolk was fatally injured in the accident, while clipping one of her homebred horses.

    Her daughter, Kelly, told press at the time that it was case of her being in the “wrong place at the wrong time”.

    “We were just clipping at the time and it was the last horse that she had bred,” she said.

    “He was only five-years-old and he was a bit spooked by something and kicked out and caught her.”

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