In­quest told Rob ‘might have’ sur­vived

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIAN LUBIN

MUR­DER vic­tim Robert Hart ‘might have sur­vived’ if he was trans­ferred be­tween hos­pi­tals sooner, a coro­ner’s court heard.

The in­quest into the death of the 26-year-old from Mac­cles­field also heard the CT scan had also been ‘mis­in­ter­preted’.

The mu­sic lover died af­ter he was punched in the head at Manch­ester’s Park­life mu­sic on June 7 2014.

Robert was first taken to North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hospi­tal and was kept there for ‘a pe­riod of time’ be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Sal­ford Royal Hospi­tal.

Se­nior Coro­ner Nigel Mead­ows told the in­quest: “He was kept at the hospi­tal for a pe­riod of time. His con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated and he even­tu­ally was trans­ferred to the Sal­ford Royal Hospi­tal on June 8.

“Sal­ford Royal ac­knowl­edge that he should have been trans­ferred over and had he been treated sooner he might have sur­vived. Their in­ves­ti­ga­tions have high­lighted a num­ber of is­sues.”

But Mr Mylett, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Manch­ester Med­i­cal Ser­vices which was pro­vid­ing first aid at the fes­ti­val, told the hear­ing it was ‘ap­pro­pri­ate’ to send Robert to North Manch­ester Gen­eral.

The in­quest at Manch­ester Coro­ner’s Court also heard that an off-duty mid­wife re­sus­ci­tated Robert af­ter he was at­tacked.

Kerri Melero was en­joy­ing the fes­ti­val when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. She told the court: “I heard a thud. It was a cal­cu­lated punch and it was ex­tremely pow­er­ful. This wasn’t some­body throw­ing a drunken punch. He went from stand­ing and he just fell back­wards. He didn’t even stag­ger.”

She also said the at­tacker fled by the time she be­gan ad­min­is­ter­ing life-sav­ing CPR and she had been busy con­cen­trat­ing on Robert.

The in­quest also heard that af­ter be­ing given CPR, Rob was ‘sit­ting up­right’ and was com­mu­ni­cat­ing with med­i­cal staff.

He told them he had been drink­ing and taken MDMA and co­caine, the hear­ing was told.

Robert Knight, a med­i­cal tech­ni­cian for Manch­ester Med­i­cal Ser­vices, told the hear­ing Robert was sat in A&E with his girl­friend ‘laugh­ing and jok­ing’ and he didn’t have any ma­jor con­cerns about him.

The hear­ing was told a se­nior nurse at North Manch­ester Gen­eral emer­gency depart­ment, saw Robert within 44 min­utes. She made the de­ci­sion af­ter as­sess­ment that Robert should be sent to the hospi­tal’s mi­nor in­jury unit and treated within two hours. The coro­ner urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Robert’s at­tacker to come for­ward. He said: “Only they know what they have done. I urge ev­ery­one to search their con­science and to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.” ●● PRO­CEED­ING

●● Robert’s sis­ter Ni­cola, mum Elaine, sis­ter Rachel and brother Richard have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to help catch his killer

●● Robert, 26, died in hospi­tal af­ter he was punched at a mu­sic fes­ti­val in Manch­ester

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