A MAN from Rhos-on-Sea died after a bar he had lifted landed on his neck, an inquest opening heard.

Carl Hughes, 61, was found dead at his home on Hanover Court, Rhos Road on Saturday, September 9.

At the opening of the inquest into his death, held in Ruthin yesterday (September 18), it was heard that Mr Hughes’ neighbours discovered him after he had not been seen for several days.


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Gillian Emberton, one of his neighbours, saw Mr Hughes on September 6, when he appeared “well” and showing “no concerns”.

But three days later, she noticed he had not yet collected the newspapers left outside his door.

Concerned, she alerted another neighbour, and together, they made their way into Mr Hughes’ property.

Mr Hughes, a retired catering assistant born in Liverpool, was found in his bedroom on a workout bench, with a bar weighing approximately 60kg on his neck.

Rigor mortis had already set in by the time Mr Hughes was found by his neighbours, the inquest heard.

Dr Zain Mehdi, after undertaking a post-mortem examination, gave a provisional cause of death of asphyxia, secondary to compression of the neck by a bar.

John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.