A MUM is demanding “the truth” about her son’s death after he was found bleeding from the head in a back lane.
Dean McMahon lived for four days after he was discovered with massive head injuries at the rear of Carlisle Terrace in Southwick, Sunderland.
It was first thought the 33-year-old had been the victim of an attack, but it was later suggested he had fallen, hitting his head.
But Dean’s mum, Sharon, 50, today told how she wants answers about how her son came to meet his death.
Sharon, of Fulwell, said: “I just want to know what happened to Dean, the truth.
“I feel like I know only half a story, like I’ve been left in the dark.”
Sharon admits her son was an alcoholic and drug user who was known to police, having had his fair share of problems.
“But that shouldn’t be a reason for not knowing what happened to him,” she said. “He did a lot of bad things and I know that. But he did a lot of good things too.”
Dean was discovered with serious head injuries at around 10.30am on Tuesday, February 4.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was put into a medically-induced coma before being transferred just hours later to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
But just four days later, on Saturday, February 8, as he was undergoing a procedure on his brain stem, Dean died.
Two men who were with him in the time leading up to when he sustained his injuries were then arrested in connection with the investigation after they voluntarily attended a police station.
But Sharon still has unanswered questions.
She added: “He was in a house just before this happened and people have been telling us he fell in the house, while the police think he fell outside in the lane.
“Something is not right, and we just want some answers.”
The family, including Dean’s three sisters and four brothers, say they are struggling to come to terms with his death.
Sharon said: “Despite all his problems, Dean had a heart of gold. He was a happy-go-lucky lad who was always laughing.
“He loved the military and all things army related.
“Even though he had a drink problem, he was never aggressive.”
Dean, a former pupil of Southwick Primary School, had grown up in the area. Sharon added: “Everyone in Southwick knew him.”
Dean’s funeral was held at Holy Trinity Church in Southwick on Saturday, February 22.
•Two men arrested following Dean’s death are currently on police bail.
Anyone with information which could help inquiries is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.