Inquest opens into Kidwelly farmer who died in bull incident
AN inquest into the death of a Kidwelly farmer who died after an incident involving a bull has been opened.
David Stephens was airlifted to Morriston Hospital on Tuesday, January 22, after he was injured while testing the animal for TB at Coed y Brain in Llandyfaelog.
A vet from the firm Pro Stock raised the alarm while at the scene, but Mr Stephens later died from his injuries at Morriston Hospital.
He leaves a wife and three children, one of whom, a son, also works on the farm.
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Leading the tributes, the Rev Roger Morley-Jones, of St Mary's Church, Kidwelly, held services in memory of Mr Stephens.
He said prayers were said for the family of the 55-year-old, adding: "It goes without saying that the community is absolutely shocked and devastated at the loss of a young life and there's deep concern for all of the family.
"Everyone is anxious to do what they can to help them."
Mair Stephens, county councillor for Llandyfaelog, had known Mr Stephens since childhood and described him as a very good neighbour.
A one-minute silence was also held at the Carmarthen Town Sports Awards in memory of Mr Stephens, who played for the Quins as a youth in the 1970s with his brother Mark.
Minute secretary at Carmarthen Quins RFC, Alan Bowen, said Mr Stephens had shown great potential as a player in the youth set-up.
Paying tribute, he said: "He played for the youth team back in the mid to late 1970s. He was a scrum-half and had a lot of strength and talent. He was a very promising player.
"He had trials for the Welsh team but was focused on farming."
The Health and Safety Executive were informed of the incident and are investigating in partnership with police.
A spokesman for the Swansea Coroner confirmed that an inquest into the death was opened and adjourned on Thursday, January 31.