Man dies two weeks after Sunderland street attack

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A MAN has died in hospital after an alleged assault outside a Sunderland pub.

Billy Linley, 33, from Fulwell Road, Sunderland, died from head injuries at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Thursday night, almost two weeks after the attack.

Mr Linley was found outside the Albion Hotel, in Victor Street, Roker, on the evening of Sunday, December 11.

He had suffered a fractured skull in the incident, which happened just hours after the Black Cats won 2-1 against Blackburn at the Stadium of Light.

Mr Linley was initially taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital but, due to the serious nature of his injury, was transferred to the RVI where he remained in a serious but stable condition.

However, police confirmed yesterday that Mr Linley had died in hospital on Thursday night.

Following the incident, police cordoned off part of Victor Street and carried out house-to-house inquiries, appealing through the Echo for witnesses to come forward.

Neighbours of the pub, which was busy as Sunderland fans celebrated their win following new manager Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge of the side, said they saw Mr Linley fall to the ground.

Police are continuing to carry out inquiries and have renewed their appeal for anyone with information to get in touch,

Northumbria Police can be contacted on 101 or Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

* Charles John Butler, 25, from Bright Street, Roker, has already appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court charged with assault in relation to the incident.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said his case is progressing through the court system.

He was remanded in custody until January, when he will appear before the court again.