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Former soldier, 43, died after being Tasered when he ‘charged at’ police, inquest hears

Former soldier, 43, who died after being Tasered when he ‘charged at’ police had told family of his wedding plans just hours earlier, inquest hears

  • Platoon Sergeant Spencer Beynon died after being tasered by police officers
  • The PTSD-suffering veteran, 43, ‘charged’ at them, an inquest has heard
  • Mr Beynon had just told his parents of wedding plans before being tasered
  • The jury will be asked to decide if the police response was appropriate and reasonable and whether it was reasonable to use a Taser

A former soldier who died after being Tasered when he ‘charged at’ police had told his family of his wedding plans just hours earlier, an inquest heard.

Platoon Sergeant Spencer Beynon, 43, was hit with up to 50,000 volts after allegedly ‘charging’ at officers in the street near his home.

His former girlfriend Victoria Key said Mr Beynon had expressed his love for her shortly before he died.

The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran had been suffering from PTSD after returning home, and the inquest heard he suffered from rages and mood swings.

Platoon Sergeant Spencer Beynon, 43, was hit with up to 50,000 volts after allegedly ‘charging’ at officers in the street near his home

Mr Beynon had just told his parents of wedding plans before being tasered

Mr Beynon had just told his parents of wedding plans before being tasered

His former girlfriend Victoria Key said Mr Beynon (left) had expressed his love for her shortly before he died

His former girlfriend Victoria Key said Mr Beynon (left) had expressed his love for her shortly before he died

In a statement, Miss Key said that on the day he died he had been waiting for her on his doorstep wearing a dressing gown as she arrived home from work.

She said: ‘Spencer told me how much he loved me and wanted to get married on the beach.’

The couple then drove to his parents house so that Mr. Beynon could tell them about the wedding plans.

Miss Key said: ‘Spencer was very excited and full of energy. He was displaying energetic behavior, talking loudly.’

Miss Key — who has since died — said that Mr Beynon had been acting strangely in the days before his death and saw ‘the devil’ in people and his pet dog.

She said My Beynon — who toured Iraq and Afghanistan while serving his country — hugged his father Chris on seeing him.

In a statement, Miss Key said that on the day Mr Beynon died he had been waiting for her on his doorstep wearing a dressing gown as she arrived home from work

In a statement, Miss Key said that on the day Mr Beynon died he had been waiting for her on his doorstep wearing a dressing gown as she arrived home from work

The former member of the Royal Welsh Regiment, who lost comrades in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, was left traumatized by his experiences and suffered PTSD

The former member of the Royal Welsh Regiment, who lost comrades in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, was left traumatized by his experiences and suffered PTSD

She said: ‘He was hugging his father tightly, he said “I can see the devil in you and will try to get it out”.

‘His mother was getting upset, they hadn’t heard him talk like this before.’

Mr Beynon had returned to Wales from Iraq in December 2007 and took part in a homecoming parade with hundreds of supporters lining the streets.

But the former member of the Royal Welsh Regiment, who lost comrades in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, was left traumatized by his experiences and suffered PTSD.

He later tried to turn his life around by setting up a community group in his home town to protect children in local playgrounds and becoming interested in Buddhism.

Mr Beynon tried to turn his life around by setting up a community group in his home town to protect children in local playgrounds and becoming interested in Buddhism

Mr Beynon tried to turn his life around by setting up a community group in his home town to protect children in local playgrounds and becoming interested in Buddhism

The inquest in Llanelli heard that Mr Beynon senior dialed 999 after his son left the house on 14 July 2016 and asked medics to section him

The inquest in Llanelli heard that Mr Beynon senior dialed 999 after his son left the house on 14 July 2016 and asked medics to section him

The inquest in Llanelli heard that Mr Beynon senior dialed 999 after his son left the house on 14 July 2016 and asked medics to section him.

During the call Mr Beynon told the operator his son had ‘terrified’ him and his wife.

He said: ‘It’s been absolutely insane here this morning.’

But the call was given the lowest priority as there was no immediate threat to life.

The inquest, listed for two weeks, is taking place in front of a jury.

The jury will be asked to decide if the police response was appropriate and reasonable and whether it was reasonable to use a Taser.

The inquest hearing in Llanelli continues.

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