Leeds assault victim can now be laid to rest

THE family of a Pudsey man who died after an assault in Leeds city centre have been told they can finally lay him to rest.

Andrew Crawford, 44, from Wesley View, died from serious head injuries in the early hours of November 26.

An inquest into Mr Crawford's death yesterday heard the dad-of-one suffered a fatal "blunt force trauma of the head due to the assault".

He had been taken to Leeds General Infirmary following the incident but died a short time later, despite desperate efforts by medics to save him.

The YEP reported last month that Motorhead fan Mr Crawford was assaulted as he left the rock band's gig at the O2 Academy on November 25.

The divorced dad, who worked as a deputy manager at a builder's merchants, was attacked on Dudley Way, near Millennium Square, at the back of St Anne's Cathedral.

The regular gig-goer had gone to the concert with his cousin and a friend.

Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor, of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry team, told the inquest that two men arrested in connection with Mr Crawford's death have been released on bail,

He said two post mortem examinations had been carried out on Mr Crawford's body, the second at the request of defence solicitors.

The Crown Prosecution Service is currently putting together a case in connection with the incident, he added, and police were "awaiting a decision".

But Mr Crawford's body was no longer required for further tests.

Coroner David Hinchliff released his body to his family saying he had "no reason to detain Andrew any further".

He also issued a cremation order and interim death certificate before adjourning the full inquest hearing to a date yet to be confirmed.

Members of Mr Crawford's family, including his mother Pauline Stephenson, were at the inquest opening but did not wish to comment.

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