Explosion caused Leeds Beckett University worker fatal head injuries

Paul Wilmott
Paul Wilmott

A Leeds Beckett University worker died from head injuries when his house exploded while he was inside, an inquest has heard.

A coroner’s court heard that Paul Wilmott, 63, was found fully clothed in the rubble of his home, in Haxby near York, shortly after 8am last Friday.

The remains of Mr Wilmott's house in Haxby

The remains of Mr Wilmott's house in Haxby

The sound engineer had a significant injury to the top of his head and face and was pronounced dead shortly after being discovered.

Speaking at Yorks Coroner’s Court, senior coroner Jonathan Leach said: “At around 7.30am on the February 19, there was a report of an explosion in Haxby. Police attended and found 20 Springwood, Haxby, totally demolished.”

A post mortem found he died from a fractured skull and brain injuries.

Mr Wilmott had been with his partner, Olivia, for over nine years and had a son, Ian.

His family earlier this week described him as the “kindest, gentlest person”.

In a statement they said: “Paul had worked for many years at Leeds Beckett University as the specialist sound engineer with the video production unit. He had been a volunteer with York Hospital Radio since he was a young man.”

His inquest will resume later in the year.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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