Wakefield bomb blast victim had just delivered baby

A SECURITY contractor was killed in an explosion in Iraq just three months after delivering his baby daughter in the kitchen of his home.

Ex-Marine and father-of-two Robbie Napier, 36, from Wakefield, died after the explosion this month.

On Friday, his grieving father told the YEP that just last Christmas he had returned home and delivered his baby daughter at his family home in Stanley.

An inquest in Wakefield into his death heard that Mr Napier was a front seat passenger in the front of a three-vehicle convoy on March 10.

Coroner's officer Anthony Lancaster told the hearing: "Mr Napier sustained fatal injuries in an explosion of a detonated explosive device."

The court heard that following the explosion in Baghdad Mr Napier was taken to a nearby base but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem report gave his provisional cause of death as multiple injuries caused by a detonated explosive device. His body was flown home on March 16.

West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff adjourned the inquest pending further investigation.

Speaking to the YEP after the hearing, Mr Napier's father Ronald said his son was married and had two young daughters.

He said: "Robbie was taking clients up to a site when his vehicle was hit by the device.

"We were told about what had happened on the same day by the police and then the next day, members of his firm came up and saw us.

"He had come home last Christmas and delivered his baby daughter on the kitchen floor."

Mr Napier said his son had been in the Marines for 17 years before starting work for private security firm Aegis.

Aegis is a privately owned, British security and risk management company with overseas offices in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq and the USA.

The firm's website says it "provides comprehensive physical security services designed to meet the threat to personnel working in hostile environments around the world."