Dead soldier Richard Jones 'used banned fitness supplement'

A soldier who died after telling his wife he had had an affair with a man used a prohibited fitness supplement, his inquest has heard.

Lance Bombardier Richard Jones, 23, originally from Caerphilly, was found at his Wiltshire home in October 2012.

Wiltshire Coroner's Court heard the soldier had used Hemo-Rage, which was removed from sale in the UK, on "a couple of occasions".

The inquest into his death was adjourned until a later date.

The inquest heard the soldier from 14 Regiment, Royal Artillery, may have feared use of the prohibited supplement would end his career.

'Super fit'

Sgt Maj Jamie Lavery, who has since left the Army, told the inquest: "He said he had taken a training supplement called Hemo-Rage.

"He said he hadn't taken it for a few weeks. I can't understand why he did, he was super fit. He said he didn't feel right.

"I think it might have been playing on his mind that what he had been taking might be illegal in the Army."

Lance Bombardier Jones asked a friend to dispose of his tub after discovering it was not permitted in the Army, but later became paranoid his hair would be tested, the inquest heard.

Bombardier Stephen Mitchell, told the inquest: "We had a drugs awareness briefing and he found out we weren't allowed to use it in the Army so he gave it to me and I disposed of it."

The inquest previously heard his colleagues had suspected he was having a mental breakdown in the days before his death.

His wife, who was unable to verify her husband's claim of infidelity, left him alone at home while visiting her parents in Wales to give the couple some "time apart".

Sgt Maj Lavery discovered Lance Bombardier Jones' body at his Larkhill home two days later.

A handwritten note stating "You deserve better" was also found, alongside a wedding photograph in his kitchen.

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