Family’s plea after mum falls into pub cellar and dies before daughter’s party

A family has issued a heartfelt plea for justice after a woman fell into a cellar and died at a pub in Wales.

Olwen Collier was getting a room ready for her daughter’s 50th birthday bash at the Stag and Pheasant in Carmel, near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, on January 12.

While there, Ms Collier stepped through a door and plunged into a cellar, suffering severe head injuries, according to her family.

She was airlifted to the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff, but died four days later at the age of 69.

Police inquiries into what happened led to an investigation by health and safety officers from Carmarthenshire County Council.

Ms Collier’s daughter, Allison Raymond, said family members are nowhere near the closure they need with enquiries still continuing a staggering seven months on from the tragedy.

Mrs Raymond told Wales Online: “Nothing is happening. The council is still investigating. We’re struggling as a family. It’s killing us as a family. We’re falling apart.

“I’ve got my own business. You try and put on a front and try to keep the business going, as that’s what my mother would have wanted, but it’s hard. Dealing with the public every day, you put this front on and it’s just so hard.”

She added:”I know it’s going to take time, I understand that and appreciate Carmarthenshire County Council has got to do its investigations properly.

“But as a family, it has been nearly eight months and it just feels like yesterday. It has caused huge animosity in my family because I am so angry. The Stag and Pheasant is still operating as normal.”

A mother of two, Ms Collier lived in Penygroes and was a well-known face in the Gorseinon area of Swansea, having run the Bizzie Lizzies Cafe for more than 30 years.

Mrs Raymond said: “My message to Carmarthenshire Council would be: please just get mammy justice. I can’t have any closure at all because we are still waiting on the investigation to go through, so the inquest can’t be.”

“Life insurances can’t be totalled because of everything that is happening with the investigation. I really appreciate all the help from Carmarthenshire Council so far, but we’re still in limbo.”

Carmarthenshire County Council’s cabinet member for rural affairs and planning policy, councillor Ann Davies, extended her deepest sympathies to Mrs Raymond and her family.

She added: “We are grateful for their patience as we thoroughly investigate this case.

As with many cases, matters of this kind will inevitably involve a lot of factors and investigation which can make the process a lengthy one. Therefore, whilst our investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”

The Stag and Pheasant declined to comment due to the ongoing investigation.

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