A son who feared he would not be able to care for his sheep during lockdown blasted his mum with a shotgun and then killed himself after something “triggered” him.
John David Bound, 59, shot and killed his 80-year-old mum Gwendoline Christine Bound in a “deliberate and unlawful assault”, an inquest has heard.
The farmer was said to have been worried he would not be able to look after his animals during the coronavirus lockdown but a coroner is convinced something must have triggered him to fetch his shotgun.
A family member made the horrific discovery of the mum and son’s bodies at a house in Abergwili on the outskirts of Carmarthen in south west Wales, on Thursday, March 26.
They had called to visit them at home but found that both had died inside the property from shotgun wounds, Wales Online reports.
Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and cordoned of part of the street, maintaining a presence outside the house for several hours.
They launched a major inquiry into the deaths, which they initially treated as unexplained.
An inquest into the pair’s deaths, held at Llanelli Town Hall today, heard how Mr Bound had told relatives of his concerns about being able to look after the sheep he kept on land a few miles from his home in Abergwili, even though lockdown restrictions brought in three days earlier on March 23 would have allowed him to travel to his smallholding for work purposes.
Speaking at the inquest, coroner’s officer Malcolm Thompson said: “He was worried whether he would be able to travel back-and-forth to the farm to look after the animals.
“He didn’t know how he would be able to cope with the situation especially with the lambing season about to start.”
The inquest also heard that Mr Bound owned a shotgun that he kept to shoot rabbits and foxes at his farm in the village of Cwmdwyfran, around four miles north of Carmarthen.
Speaking on Friday, the acting senior coroner for Carmarthenshire, Paul Bennett, said something would have “triggered” Mr Bound to shoot his mother and then himself.
He said: “John Bound had spoken to family members about his concerns over the impending lockdown situation due to Covid restrictions.
“There must have been something to have triggered John to decide to fetch his shotgun before his mother was fatally wounded.
“There was a deliberate and unlawful assault on Mrs Bound – I am satisfied that the assault was dangerous and meant to cause physical harm.”
Mrs Bound, a widow, was described as a “very much-loved” mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was devoted to her large family, all of whom had been left “devastated” by the deaths.
Returning a verdict of unlawful killing and suicide, the coroner said that Mr Bound was a “dedicated farmer who loved life”, and someone who thought the world of his mother.