On September 15 last year, 58-year old Llandudno hairdresser suffered a heart attack and died after a man armed with a claw hammer knocked on her patio door, telling his life was threatened.
Carole Ann Wall, 58, of St David’s Road, Llandudno, collapsed while making a 999 call to the police.
In a recent inquest held regarding Mrs. Wall’s death, Home Office pathologist Dr Bryan Rogers said that the actions of the hammer-wielding man, Kevin John Chambers, 37, of Pen y Cwm, Llandudno, had “led to the event after which Carole Wall died”. Dr Rogers also said: “I would like to see that put before a jury. The decision to charge is for the CPS.”
In his statement, the widower Peter David Wall, 58, said that around 11.30pm on the night of the incident, they were watching TV at their home, when they heard “banging on the patio door.”
According to Mr. Wall they “both jumped up and it was pandemonium. I heard a male shouting: ‘He’s trying to kill me! He’s got a gun.’ I saw a male with a black claw hammer in his hand.”
Mr Wall said his son Neal, 32 , came downstairs. He added: “We were all terrified. It was horrific.”
Neal Wall stated that: “The man was agitated. I was scared with the possibility of these people coming into our house and both being armed.”
While grandmother-of-two Carole rang 999, the man was still banging on the patio door. According to Mr Wall “Carole collapsed on the floor while on the phone to the police.”
Mr Wall and his son placed her in the recovery position and tried CPR but there was no response. Mrs Wall was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, where she died at 1AM.
According to Dr Rogers, Mrs Wall had suffered “severe” heart disease, with one artery blocked, which had gone undetected. She could have “dropped dead at any time” but may have “carried on for many, many years.”
Mrs Wall had sounded calm while making the 999 call, but according to Dr Rogers “she could have been under psychological stress.”
Giving a narrative conclusion, North East Wales and Central coroner John Gittins said: “Although her death was due to a previously undisclosed condition, it is probable that the timing of her death was as the result of the stress put on her heart by the events of the previous evening.”
A CPS spokesman said Mr Chambers will face trial in June charged with criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon. He has already pleaded not guilty.