Printer Friendly


A BOOKMAKER collapsed and died after being confronted by a man who had drunk 12 pints of lager and several shorts.

But a coroner said he could not be certain "beyond all reasonable doubt" that the stress brought on by Trevor Hall's outburst caused the death of father-of-three Jeff Hilland, 52.

An inquest into the death of the betting shop manager, of South Moor, Stanley, County Durham, yesterday heard Hall began shouting and then grappled with

Mr Hilland after he refused to allow a late bet on a greyhound race.

The hearing in Chester-le-Street was told he kicked the counter behind which Mr Hilland was sat, before swinging a punch at him which missed.

The two men then engaged in a tussle in the Pagebet shop in Front Street, Pelton, Chester-le-Street.

Mr Hilland collapsed - after which a contrite Hall attempted to revive him by patting him on the back..

He was arrested by police who were called by another customer.

Hall was due to stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court in January accused of manslaughter.

But the charge was dropped after the prosecution conceded it could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the heart condition which triggered Mr Hilland's death had occurred after Hall tried to hit him.

Hall, 37, of Hilda Terrace, Chester-le- Street, was instead jailed for 12 months for affray.

Coroner Andrew Tweddle recorded an open verdict..
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 13, 2009
Previous Article:Get more than you bargained for in London this summer; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE.
Next Article:Encore for young reviewers.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters