Philip Simms, instructed by Hugh Potter and Elliott Clifton-Thompson of Potter Rees Dolan, represented Mr Paul Stewart's family in the recently concluded inquest into his death before Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Manchester Ms Joanne Kearsley.
Mr Stewart was involved in an altercation with Mr Richard Garrick on 17 May 2017 in which Mr Garrick punched Mr Stewart in the face. Mr Stewart fell backwards and struck his head on the ground. Mr Stewart suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and was placed in an induced coma. He ultimately passed away on 4 June 2019.
Ms Kearsley did not accept Mr Garrick's evidence as a 'full and reliable account of what took place'. Accordingly she rejected his account of having acted in self-defence and held there was 'no sufficient evidential basis upon which [she] could safely reach' the conclusion of lawful killing. Ms Kearsley went on to record an open conclusion. The full ruling and conclusion can be found here.