A man has been charged with manslaughter after a farmer was killed in a supermarket car park.
Christopher Gadd died just a day after his 48th birthday after allegedly being struck by a blue Land Rover outside Sainsbury’s Pontllanfraith on Monday, March 4.
Farmer Christopher and his brother Paul were on a routine shopping trip to the store when there was an alleged row over a space in the store car park.
Paramedics and an air ambulance were called to the scene where Christopher was pronounced dead.
Witnesses praised Sainsbury’s staff and members of the public who rushed to comfort the victim
Bachelor Christopher and his other brother David lived together on the family farm two miles from the store. Christopher wore two hearing aids after being born profoundly deaf.
Paul, 49, said: “He didn’t stand a chance against a Land Rover. It is just terrible.
“I’ve spent my whole life with him. He had a great sense of humour. He was salt of the earth and he was loyal.”
Their fellow brother David, 35, said: “We are very close as brothers. We nursed our mother who died of cancer last year.
“It was Chris’s birthday just the day before this happened. He was a good man and he didn’t deserve to die this way.
“He went out to get fish and chips for tea and he never came back.”
Sainsbury’s said trained staff from the store performed CPR before the Air Ambulance arrived.
• A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has since been charged with manslaughter. Timothy Higgins, 21, is due to appear before Newport Magistrates’ Court today.