Assault was a contributing factor in death of Brandon man

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A man who passed away just days after being knocked off his mobility scooter died of deep vein thrombosis, an inquest has heard.

Peter Shea, 73, died on October 2 last year after collapsing at his home in Manor House Close in Brandon.

At an inquest this morning, Coroner Peter Dean said Mr Shea had been he victim of an assault on September 27, 2013, where he was knocked off his mobility scooter and fractured his right shoulder.

He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital but was later discharged.

At around 4am on October 2, 2013, Mr Shea’s daughter Terri Baxter called an ambulance after her father passed out in the bathroom but he declined to go to hospital.

Three hours later, another ambulance was called after Mr Shea stopped breathing. He was declared dead later that morning.

On July 31 this year, Joaquim Cardoso, 62, of St Mary’s Square, Newmarket, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm at Ipswich Crown Court for the assault on Mr Shea.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison suspended for two years.

Dr Dean concluded that Mr Shea died of complications following deep vein thrombosis but included the assault in the cause of death as a secondary contributory factor.

“Our thoughts are very much with family members and those close to him in these very sad circumstances,” he said.