A PENSIONER was crushed to death under her car – and lay there undiscovered for nine days, an inquest heard.
Jane Marion Lord, 76, had tried to stop the red Vauxhall Corsa from rolling down the driveway, at her home in Newcastle Emlyn.
She is believed to have died on December 21, 2016, and to have remained under the front passenger side of car until after Christmas, when a worried friend arrived – and her dog led her to the body.
The inquest in Aberystwyth heard how Miss Lord, of Penrallt Ffynnon, Cwm-cou, was last seen alive at around 7pm on December 21, when she briefly went to a party at the house of her friend Francesca Lis Ross.
Miss Ross said she first became worried about Miss Lord when she went over to her house on Friday, December 23, to give her a Christmas card, and found the door of the house locked but the car still on the drive.
“I assumed she must have gone away with a friend with a vehicle, so I left a present down at the house and left,” said Miss Ross.
Miss Ross returned to Penrallt Ffynnon with her husband and two dogs on 30 December after trying to call Miss Lord the day before.
They broke through the door of the house to check inside and searched the garden, but only found Miss Lord’s body when the dogs took an interest in the underside of the car.
PC Matthew Fraser of Dyfed-Powys Police’s forensic division described how Miss Lord had suffered crushing injuries to her shoulder and hip, and that hand marks on the car suggested she had tried to stop the car rolling down the drive before falling over and being pinned under it.
He added that the car’s handbrake was in full working order, but that the ‘three clicks’ the lever had been set at were only just enough to stop it from rolling down the driveway on most occasions.
PC Fraser said that five clicks of the handbrake would have engaged it fully, but that Miss Lord would have found it difficult to pull the lever this high.
Coroner for Ceredigion, Peter Brunton, gave a verdict of accidental death, and ruled that Miss Lord would not have survived the night of 21 December.
He said: “This was something that Miss Lord had been doing with that particular car from time to time and it had never gone wrong before, but on that evening the handbrake failed to hold.
“The evidence is quite clear that three clicks would only just hold the car on that incline and for reasons that we cannot ascertain, it rolled forward.“
He passed on his sympathies to Miss Lord’s family and friends, and added: “This is one of the those dreadful cases where if circumstances had turned out slightly differently we wouldn’t be here today.“
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Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song
PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.
Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”
Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.
Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”
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For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email email@example.com.
Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth
THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.
Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.
“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”
Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.
For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088
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