Robert Thomas killed by falling tree in 100 mph storm

Mr Thomas's house Robert Thomas died while trying to round-up hens in his back garden

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A Gwynedd man died after becoming trapped under a tree which came down in a storm, an inquest heard.

Robert Thomas, 77, from Caeathro, Caernarfon, died in hospital a day after the area was hit by 100 mph winds last February.

Jean Thomas told the hearing she and her husband were putting their hens away for the night when she heard a loud bang and saw he was trapped.

Coroner Nicola Jones recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Mrs Thomas said the pair had been at home watching television when Mr Thomas, a retired maintenance fitter at a local factory, decided to put their hens back in a hut.

She went outside to give him a hand when he could not find one of them, she told the hearing in Caernarfon.

Mrs Thomas heard a loud bang and saw her husband trapped under the tree.

'High winds'

She was unable to ring the emergency services from their home because the phone line had been brought down in the storm, so she shouted for help and neighbours came out.

Mr Thomas was first taken to hospital Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor with a severe head injury and was later transferred to a specialist unit at Stoke-on-Trent, where he died the next day.

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