A LEADING racehorse trainer killed himself when his wife had an affair with a jockey, an inquest heard yesterday.
Richard Woollacott, 40, hanged himself after being left “humiliated”.
His sister Marie said his wife Kayley had “formed some sort of a relationship with a jockey in his employment”.
She told the hearing at Exeter’s County Hall that ‘there were difficulties in the relationship’
She said her Richard, of Rose Ash, Devon saw ‘a number of sexualised messages between them and he was hurt and disappointed by this and tried to forgive her’.
Marie claimed Kayley told him “whatever had taken place, it was over”.
But Richard, who married Kayley in 2013 and had a daughter with her, saw further messages.
Kayley told the Exeter inquest that she had been unhappy and things “came to a head” in the last six weeks of his life.
She said he was ‘not happy’ when she went to a Xmas drinks party and stayed overnight and did not arrive back home until the next morning.
Marie said two days before his suicide, she heard Kayley being ‘venomous’ as she stood over him as he had his head in his hands during a row.
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She claimed she was shouting ‘you are useless’ at her husband.
Richard – who had enjoyed recent National Hunt success with his horses Beer Goggles and Lalor – was found to have researched suicide sites and also ordered flowers for Valentine’s Day.
Despite efforts to save him he died at the scene.
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