New hearing date into man’s sudden death

INQUEST HEARING: Scott Hall, from Durham, who died last August.
INQUEST HEARING: Scott Hall, from Durham, who died last August.
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AN inquest review held into the death of a 28-year-old has heard how progress is being made in the inquiry.

Scott Hall was found by his mother Carol at the foot of the stairs of his home in Caterhouse Road, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, on August 2 last year.

He never regained consciousness and died two days later in the University Hospital of North Durham.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a blunt head injury.

His death initially sparked a police inquiry, as it happened 11 days after he was allegedly assaulted near the library in Newton Hall in the city.

Two boys, who were 15 when they were charged, are due to appear before a youth court in Newton Aycliffe to stand trial charged with assault, with the hearing expected to go ahead on Monday, March 23.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the coroner has found no evidence to link his death with the alleged assault and said it would therefore be inappropriate to bring any charges relating to the unlawful killing of Mr Hall.

Assistant coroner Crispen Oliver led the review hearing into his inquest and set another date for Monday, April 13.