Inquest opens into death of man at Wattisham

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An inquest has formally opened into the death of a man at Wattisham who became trapped when a mini tractor apparently overturned.

Richard Clements, 61, died at his Baytree Farm home on March 13, the hearing at Bury St Edmunds heard today (September 14).

Mr Clements, who had lived in the village for more than 20 years and was a retired manager at PPG in Stowmarket, was found beneath the mini tractor submerged in a pond.

The inquest heard that consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love concluded after conducting a post-mortem examination that Mr Clements had died as a result of drowning and aspiration.

Deputy Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone adjourned the inquest to allow further enquiries to be made.