In­quest opens into at­tack vic­tim’s death

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

AN in­quest opened yes­ter­day into the death of a man who died fol­low­ing a fra­cas out­side McDon­ald’s in Hud­der­s­field town cen­tre last month.

Gra­ham Bell, 37, of Dal­ton, suf­fered se­ri­ous head in­juries fol­low­ing an al­leged as­sault out­side the fast food res­tau­rant on the corner of John Wil­liam Street and Kirk­gate on Oc­to­ber 1.

Mr Bell was taken to hos­pi­tal but died three days later at Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary.

No mem­bers of Mr Bell’s fam­ily were present at the open­ing of the in­quest which took place at Brad­ford Coroner’s Court.

The brief hear­ing was told that Mr Bell was a HGV driver and that he had a wife Shireen, a man­ager at an op­ti­cian’s prac­tice.

Det Chief Insp Ni­cola Br­yar, of West York­shire Po­lice’s Homi­cide and Ma­jor En­quiry Team, con­firmed to As­sis­tant Coroner Oliver Longstaff that “the le­gal process was now tak­ing its course.”

The in­quest heard that two teenage boys had been ar­rested fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and that one of them, a 16-year-old, has been charged with man­slaugh­ter.

He is next due to ap­pear be­fore Leeds Youth Court on Novem­ber 28.

Mr Longstaff said that the in­quest would now have to be ad­journed “and be re­sumed as nec­es­sary in due course.”

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