Cornwall

Gamekeeper Robert Hocking died in Boconnoc quad bike crash

A gamekeeper died after his quad bike overturned on a Cornwall estate, an inquest has heard.

The inquest heard that Robert Hocking had been overworked as the number of assistant keepers at Boconnoc estate, near Lostwithiel, had been reduced.

But Richard Morris, land agent for the estate, said only one assistant keeper had left the estate, following a reduction in the number of game birds.

The jury at Truro City Hall returned a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Hocking died in November 2009 after his quad bike overturned in a field on the estate, the inquest heard.

Medical evidence showed Mr Hocking died of asphyxiation.

His widow Rebecca found his body with the quad bike on top of him.

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