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Man appears in court in connection with death of Middlesbrough man
A MAN has died following an assault in Middlesbrough on Sunday.
The 40-year-old was attacked on Worcester Street, near to the junction with Parliament Road at around 6pm and it is believed he was involved in another altercation earlier in the day.
Mark Hurren, of no fixed abode, died in James Cook University Hospital last night when his life support machine was switched off.
This morning Wayne Stanley Spanswick appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm without intent.
The 41-year-old, of St Aidans Drive, Middlesbrough, did not enter a plea when he made a brief appearance today.
The court heard that the victim had been knocked unconscious as a result of the assault after hitting his head on the ground when he was punched in the face.
He collapsed later in the day at a friend's house and was taken to hospital where it was discovered he had bleeding on the brain.
Detective Chief Inspector Anne-Marie Salwey who is heading this investigation said: “I would like to speak to anyone who spoke to Mark or knew of his whereabouts between 6am on Sunday, August 25 and 10pm that evening. Mark was well known in the area which was busy with it being a sunny Bank Holiday weekend.
“There was an altercation on the junction of Worcester Street and Parliament Road at around 6pm on Sunday evening involving several people, which left Mark unconscious following an assault and I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this.”
During the court proceedings Mr Spanswick’s defence solicitor raised concerns that the Crown Prosecution Service’s file said that the victim was still fighting for his life.
Scott Taylor said: “It beggars belief that the file was not updated - it is staggering ineptitude. It would have been horrendous if any members of the victim’s family were in the public gallery to hear that the CPs believe he was still alive.”
A CPS Spokesperson said: “During the first hearing in an assault case at Teesside Magistrates on Wednesday 28 August, our prosecutor was made aware by the defence that the victim in the case, Mark Hurren, had died overnight.
“To prepare for hearings in the Magistrates’ Courts, our prosecutors download the relevant material the day before. As a consequence, our prosecutor in court was unaware of the events occurring overnight and we are grateful to our colleagues in the defence for sharing this information at the earliest opportunity.”
The defendant was remanded in custody until September 11 when he is due to appear at Teesside Crown Court.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.