Horse owner says he did not ask for bridle to be remnoved - Nowton inquest

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The owner of the carriage rides at the fateful Nowton Park Country Fair last June in which Carole Bullett was fatally hurt has told the inquest into her death he did not asked for the horse’s bridle to be removed.

In the second week of the hearing into Mrs Bullett’s death after she was struck and run over by a runaway horse and carriage, Duncan Drye gave evidence this morning.

Mrs Bullett, 57, of Clark Walk, Bury St Edmunds, had been visiting the country fair where horse and carriage rides were being run by Duncan Drye as part of the activities.

Lucas was one of the horses giving rides and he bolted after being spooked.

Sally Tyrrell has told the inquest, being heard at the Farmers’ Club in Bury, that she was told to remove Lucas’s bridle to feed him some hay.

But today Duncan Drye denied making that request.

He told the court that he had never asked anyone to take off a bridle when a horse was still attached to a carriage.

When questioned by coroner Peter Dean, Mr Drye said that he was unable to give an explanation as to why Lucas had bolted.

He also told the court that it was ‘entirely possible’ that the horse would have bolted whether he had the bridle on or not.

The hearing continues