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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 May, 2003, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Car body inquest opens
Derek Bennett
Mr Bennett died from a head injury
An inquest has heard how a father-of-four suffered a fatal head injury before his body was found in a burned-out car.

Derek Bennett, 41, was found in the back of his torched Renault Laguna last month.

His body was found wrapped in a carpet in the car, which had been left outside the British Legion club in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Mr Bennett, of St Mellons, Cardiff, was last seen alive at the Cardiff International Arena where he had worked as a chef.

The inquest, at Cardiff Coroner's Court, heard Mr Bennett, who had three step-children and a two-year-old son of his own, died of a "blunt head injury".

Businessman Phillip Hegarty, 48, of Grangetown, Cardiff, has been charged with murdering Mr Bennett.

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott adjourned the inquest while police inquiries continue.


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