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Inquest hears of bull tragedy

PUBLISHED: 10:16 25 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:14 03 March 2010

A FARMER told how he tried to revive his twin brother who had been attacked by a bull.

Trevor Tompkins, 38, of Manor Farm, Peasenhall, near Saxmundham, was speaking at the inquest on his brother Garry that was held at St Edmund's Hall, Southwold.

A FARMER told how he tried to revive his twin brother who had been attacked by a bull.

Trevor Tompkins, 38, of Manor Farm, Peasenhall, near Saxmundham, was speaking at the inquest on his brother Garry that was held at St Edmund's Hall, Southwold.

Father-of-three Garry Tompkins, of Yoxford, died from crush injuries after being attacked by a bull at Manor Farm, Peasenhall, on Thursday, December 6, last year.

Trevor had been working nearby and was the first to discover his brother's body.

"As I approached the cow yard I could see that something was wrong by the way the cows were behaving.

"When I got nearer I could see Garry laying on the ground and I immediately jumped over the gate to try and help him," said Mr Tompkins.

But even as he tried to lift 38-year-old Garry out of the cow yard the bull, which was in the yard with the cows, attacked again.

"The bull butted Garry again as I was lifting him over the gate. I tried to find Garry's heartbeat and then ran to the house to get help from my wife Donna, who is trained in first aid.

"She also tried to help Garry while I telephoned the emergency services," said Mr Tompkins.

Paramedics, an ambulance crew, and a doctor attended the farm but Garry Tompkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Garry was an extremely skilful engineer and he was always wanted by neighbouring farmers to carry out repairs." said Mr Tompkins.

"Garry was very experienced working with animals but we all know that no matter how docile they appear you can never trust a bull completely."

The bull had been at the farm for a number of years and had never given any trouble before. It was destroyed to prevent any further tragedies.

Family and friends have paid tribute to Garry and described him as a loving family man. He leaves a partner, Janet, and three daughters Samantha, Jakki and Katie.

Lowestoft Coroner George Leguen de Lacroix yesterday recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said that as Garry was working alone at the time of the incident, no one would fully know what actually happened but there was "no doubt" that the bull had attacked him.

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