Inquest into soldier's death

Captain Stephen Healey of 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh was 'killed in the line of duty,' an inquest has ruled. He died when his vehicle was blown up by a bomb in Afghanistan in May 2012.

Captain 'believed in' his job

Captain Stephen Healey
Capt Healey with his girlfriend, Thea Davies Credit: Thea Davies

In a statement released after today's inquest, Captain Stephen Healey's girlfriend, Thea Davies thanked those who tried to help her injured boyfriend and said she knew 'everything that could have been to save him was done.'

She said Capt Healey loved the army and 'believed in all that he was doing.'

Miss Davies said she will never blame the army for her boyfriend's death and knows that he would be proud of everyone who worked with him that day.

She added that more than £20,000 has been raised in his memory since his death.

Soldier 'killed in line of duty'

Captain Stephen Healey was killed in the line of duty while on active service in Afghanistan, an inquest has ruled.

The 29-year-old from Cardiff was on patrol in a Jackal armoured vehicle when it drove over an improvised explosive device in May last year.

The inquest in Cardiff today heard there were no faults with the vehicle and it was 'overmarked' by a direct hit from the explosion.


Capt Stephen Healey inquest to be held in Cardiff

Capt Healey was a semi-professional footballer before joining the Army Credit: Ministry of Defence

An inquest will be held today into the death of Captain Stephen Healey of 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh.

He died in Afghanistan when his vehicle was blown up by a bomb in May 2012.

Cardiff-born Capt Healey served a number of tours as a soldier, and in 2009 was mentioned in dispatches for his actions during a deployment to Afghanistan.

His family described him as "all you could wish for in a son, brother, uncle and friend".