Inquest held into kickboxer’s death

Paul Ancell
Paul Ancell

A professional kick-boxer and father-of-one died when he crashed his motorbike on a notorious road in Thailand, an inquest has heard.

Paul Ancell, had been in the country training in the Tiger Muay Thai academy, when the tragedy happened in Phuket on April 21.

The 31-year-old, had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood and was not wearing a helmet when he crashed, the hearing was told.

His death led to his mum Kim Ridgway, from The Diplocks in Hailsham, appealing to the community to help raise thousands of pounds so his body could be flown home and he be laid to rest.

People rallied around and Ms Ridgway, who described her son from Seaford as a ‘loveable rogue and gentle giant’, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of people.

The inquest heard Mr Ancell died instantly when he crashed into a roadside barrier on a road where several other people have also lost their lives.

Brighton coroner Dr Karen Henderson ruled that Mr Ancell died accidentally.

Mr Ancell’s sister Cara Townsend, said she did not believe her brother, would have taken such a risk if he had been in the UK.

Following the verdict she said, “In this country Paul wouldn’t have taken that risk, but when you think of it, as little as just two pints, that’s all it really equals. It’s not a lot.

“And my brother was just short of seven feet, so I’m sure that wouldn’t have been any factor towards the accident.”