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Monday, October 8, 2012
A WOMAN who was in control of a horse and carriage that ran over and fatally injured a partially sighted grandmother has today been speaking at an inquest into the death.
Carole Bullett, 57, of Clark Walk, Bury St Edmunds, died from serious chest injuries in hospital shortly after being knocked down at the Nowton Park Country Fair in June 2011.
Today, Sally Tyrrell, who had been giving rides to visitors on the four-year-old Breton horse, told the inquest how her employer Duncan Drye had instructed her to remove the bridle from the horse shortly before it bolted at the end of the day.
Miss Tyrrell said she had replaced the bridle with a lighter head collar to allow the horse, which was called Lucas, to eat.
“Lucas stood there quite happy. His eyes were normal and he looked like he was going to sleep,” she added.
The 23-year-old said that a few minutes later the horse’s head had gone up as if startled or stung by a bee.
Miss Tyrrell told the hushed inquest how the animal had trotted off towards the car park before heading north back towards her and the stalls.
She added: “I was frozen to the spot. I saw him go over the wooden bridge and a lady was struck and the wheel of the carriage went over her.
“It was all a bit of a blur.”
The inquest continues this afternoon.