Staff Sgt Olaf Schmid
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Staff Sgt Olaf Schmid was 'under pressure' inquest told

9 February 2011 Last updated at 19:47 GMT

A bomb disposal expert appeared "under pressure" and "rushed" on the day he died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, an inquest has heard.

Staff Sgt Olaf Schmid, from Truro in Cornwall, died disarming a roadside bomb in November 2009.

Cpl Thomas Stace told the inquest the "inspirational leader" appeared "somewhat impatient" as he defused explosives on the day of his death.

The inquest at Truro Coroner's Court is expected to last two days.

Jonathan Beale reports.