Woman in south Wales saw husband and son killed by buffalo, inquest hears

A woman watched helplessly as her husband and son were killed by a water buffalo on their family farm in south Wales, an inquest heard on Thursday.

Ralph Jump, 57, and his son Peter, 19, were fatally injured by the bull, named Yolo, on the farm making luxury soap from buffalo milk.

Ralph Jump, known as John, had returned home after a work morning out with his wife, Josephine, on 5 May last year.

She was preparing food in the kitchen when their daughter Isabelle, 22, ran in screaming: “Yolo is pushing Dad down the field.” The mother and daughter ran out to try to distract the animal.

Josephine Jump said: “I could see John being rolled by the bull down the field. I screamed at Isabelle to phone an ambulance and I could hear that he was groaning.”

Peter turned up with an iron bar. Josephine said she did not want him to go into the field but he tried to help his father. She added: “All of a sudden the bull started going for Peter and got him.” The bull also injured Isabelle.

Armed police officers turned up and fired shots at the animal. The animal was hit and ran to the other side of the field.

Josephine Jump said her husband had died at the scene near Usk and her son Peter died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Jump, the managing director of a heating company firm, rented the idyllic farm to start a sustainable buffalo soap business with his family. He hand-reared the buffalo at their three-acre farm along with his two youngest children.

The inquest before a jury at Newport is continuing.

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