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Landlord tragically killed while renovating BTL property after 6ft wall collapsed

A buy-to-let landlord was killed while renovating a property she owns with her husband when a 6ft garden wall collapsed on top of her.

Jayne Chaffey, 59, died while working in the garden of the house she and her husband recently acquired in the Welsh valleys town of Mountain Ash in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The couple bought the terraced house at auction for £40,000, but tragically she was killed while weeding and decluttering plants from the garden when a breeze block wall collapsed on top of her.


Andrew Chaffey, who recently retired as a sergeant from his police force, said: “We liked the property and on coming away we knew there were a few minor maintenance issues but the main thing to fix was the rear garden.

“We decided the best course of action was driving up with our friend to tackle the garden.”

The couple, based in Taunton, Somerset, drove 90 miles from their home to the house in Mountain Ash, where Ms Chaffey died following injuries both to her brain and to her spine.

“Nothing will ever describe the devastation that Jayne's death has caused me and my family,” Mr Chaffey added.

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    Very sad, condolences to her family.


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