South West Wales

Karate fan Thomas Morris died in freak training accident

A teenager was strangled in a freak accident while carrying out a martial arts exercise, an inquest has heard.

Karate enthusiast Thomas Morris, 17, of Morriston, Swansea, was found dead in his home gym after trying to copy a training exercise he had seen online.

Thomas, a talented rugby player, had shown his sisters the exercise to build up fitness.

Swansea coroner Clive Phillips ruled out suicide and concluded his death was misadventure.

The inquest was told Thomas' mother, Belinda, and his cousins found the teenager after returning from an afternoon out.