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Jouster dies after splinter pierces eye during Time team re-enactment

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Sharon McCann, wife of Paul Anthony Allen, outside Kettering Magistrates Court where the inquest into the death of her husband during jousting re-enactment was taking place.

Sharon McCann, wife of Paul Anthony Allen, outside Kettering Magistrates Court where the inquest into the death of her husband during jousting re-enactment was taking place.

Rui Vieira

Sharon McCann, wife of Paul Anthony Allen, outside Kettering Magistrates Court where the inquest into the death of her husband during jousting re-enactment was taking place.

A man died during a jousting re-enactment because of failures to ensure a correct helmet was worn and failures to ensure his shield was appropriately assembled, a coroner ruled.

Paul Allen (54), from Heyden in Cambridgeshire, died after a splinter went through the eye hole of his helmet, penetrating his eye and brain.

The re-enactment in Northamptonshire was being filmed for Channel 4's Time Team.

Mr Allen died on September 20, 2007 in hospital, a week after the incident.

Belfast Telegraph