Jury return verdict in tug captain inquest

AN INQUEST jury in the case of a tugboat captain who died moments after being assaulted by a policeman has returned a verdict that his death was caused by stress.

James Hore

AN INQUEST jury in the case of a tugboat captain who died moments after being assaulted by a policeman has returned a verdict that his death was caused by stress.

Captain Ronnie O'Reilly collapsed in his Clacton home after being confronted by Pc Gary Jay, who said he was investigating a breach of the peace in June 2007.

Former police officer Jay was convicted the following year of assaulting both Capt O'Reilly and his wife Moira and was later dismissed by Essex Police.

Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray has directed the jury of seven men and four women that Capt O'Reilly died as a result of sudden cardiac death due to heart disease.

This afternoon the jury decided that Capt O'Reilly's death was “precipitated by stress.” But they added that they did not feel that one single action or event directly led to his death.

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