Unprovoked attack led to man’s death

Sean David Edley
Sean David Edley
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A MAN who suffered head injuries after an unprovoked attacked died from an epileptic fit three years later, an inquest was told.

Coroner David Hinchliff said it was that assault which caused Sean David Edley, 41, to develop the condition which killed him in November 2010.

Despite a thorough police investigation no-one has been brought to justice for the attack on Mr Edley on Westgate in January 2007.

The hearing was told that Mr Edley, of Clement Street, Lupset, was left with a fractured skull and bleed on the brain after he was beaten.

As a result he developed epilepsy and was eventually forced to quit his job as a structural steel worker.

And although he was taking medication he suffered from a number of fits.

On the morning of November 2, 2010, he was found lying face down on Peel Street in Horbury.

Paramedics could not revive him and he was pronounced dead at 10.26am.

A post mortem revealed the cause of death was Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) - a prolonged or series of fits from which he could not recover.

Recording a narrative verdict Mr Hinchliff said: “The evidence that I have heard this morning is quite clear that there is a direct cause or connection between the assault and Mr Edley’s development of epilepsy which caused his death to occur.

“His death is therefore arising from an unlawful attack on the 28th of January 2007.”

After the hearing Mr Edley’s mum, Winn Edley, paid tribute to her son.

Mrs Edley, 66, of Liversedge, said: “He was a lovely, outgoing person. A lot of people knew him in Wakefield and loved him.

“He used to do karaoke and people called him Mr Jam because of the songs he sang.”

His wife Clare Edley, 43, said the attack had an irreversible impact on his personality.

She said: “He used to be happy-go-lucky but it changed him. He used to love going to see bands but afterwards he couldn’t stand the loudness or being in crowds.”

Detectives have launched a review of the original investigation following the coroner’s finding .

The attack happened close to Westgate Railway Station at around 2.15am on Sunday, January 28.

The man responsible is believed to have got out of a silver Ford Focus.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Following Wednesday’s narrative verdict in the inquest into his death, consideration will be given to further enquiries and we will be reviewing the investigation into the assault.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.