Brandon: ‘Sorely missed’ dad Peter Shea, 73, died after town centre assault threw him from his mobility scooter
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A “sorely missed” father collapsed and died days after a man threw him from his mobility scooter in Brandon, an inquest heard.
Father-of-four Peter Shea died on October 2, 2013, aged 73, at his home in Manor House Close after he was assaulted by Joaquim Cardoso, on September 27.
Mr Shea was attacked on Market Hill at around 5.30pm following verbal abuse between the two men, fracturing his right arm.
He returned home from hospital to be cared for by his daughter Terri Baxter. An ambulance was called after he collapsed at 4am on October 2, but transport to hospital was declined. A second ambulance was called at 9.30am after he was found not breathing.
Two post mortem examinations carried out on Mr Shea found the fractured arm was not, beyond reasonable doubt, the cause of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that led to his death. A criminal investigation did not to link the death to the assault.
Cardoso, 62, now of St Mary’s Square, Newmarket, but then of Heath Road, Brandon, had denied grievous bodily harm but was convicted at Ipswich Crown court on July 31. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for 24 months, with a 12 month supervision order
At Monday’s hearing, in Bury St Edmunds, Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “Mr Shea died from complications following the development of a DVT.”
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Son Shaun Shea said: “He is sorely missed, it is very sad. It has been a year but it is still raw.”